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The Legal Practice Course

Regardless of the way in which you have completed the academic requirements to become a solicitor, you must complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) prior to qualifying. The LPC will help you to develop the practical skills needed to work in a firm of solicitors. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) sets the standards for LPC providers in the Legal Practice Course information pack and a list of providers (both on the SRA's website).

The LPC is a key element of vocational training to become a solicitor. It must be completed by everyone who intends to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, unless they are following the Apprenticeship route.

If you have acquired relevant previous knowledge and skills you are able to apply to the SRA for exemptions from all or both of either Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the LPC.

The LPC will prepare you for practice and provide you with a general foundation for subsequent practice.

Before commencing the LPC, you must complete academic training (or be exempt from it).

For advice on how to prepare for the LPC, see the Legal Practice Course information pack.

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