When and how to apply

updated on 25 January 2023

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Law undergraduates should apply from September onwards in their final year, while non-law graduates should do so from September onwards in their GDL year. The application system has been changed so that there’s no longer a closing date for applications; rather, applications are dealt with as they’re submitted and institutions are notified weekly of new submissions.

It's unclear when education providers will stop offering the LPC but you must meet the SRA’s transitional arrangements to be eligible for a place on an LPC course. Otherwise, you must qualify via the SQE.

Applications for almost all institutions that offer the LPC course are managed by the Central Applications Board – apply online or email [email protected] with further enquiries.

There’s no longer a requirement for students to enrol with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) prior to commencing the LPC, but there remains an SRA check on character and suitability. As such, there’s a requirement to disclose any issues that relate to character and suitability (eg, criminal convictions or cautions, evidence of cheating in exams or any county court judgments) before training commences. Prospective LPC students do have the option to apply for a check if they wish before they start the LPC.

If you have any questions about the character check or anything to do with the new regulations, contact the SRA direct ([email protected], www.sra.org.uk/contact-us or 0370 606 2555).

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