The Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees for the forthcoming academic year shows there is an increase across the board, despite demands for more affordable costs by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales.
According to Legal Cheek, students are expected to pay an average of £11,554 to study the course this year, a 4.6 percent or £509 increase from last year’s £11,045.
The legal news website’s analysis is compiled from the fees made public by LPC providers.
From the analysis, it was revealed University of Central Lancashire had the highest increase, at 11.1 percent (£1,000). This means students must pay £10,000 to take the course, compared to last year’s £9,000.
Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE had the lowest increase at 0.4 percent (£50), followed by University of Law (Guilford) (0.8 percent, £100), while University of Law (Birmingham), University of Law (Bristol), University of Law (Exeter) tied at 1.7 percent with increases of £200 each.
ULaw, for example, has upped its fees within the range of one percent (Chester) and 4.5 percent (Leeds and Manchester), bringing the average fee to £12,425 to take the course, compared to £12,143 last year. Meanwhile, BPP has fixed a uniform increase of 3.3 percent at all its providers.
What this fee increase means in money terms is that students at BPP’s London branch will have to pay £15,740 – the highest fee among all LPC providers. The lowest fee is by Leeds Beckett University at £7,700.
The hikes come in the wake of last week’s report the average fee for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) has gone down by £72, from £15,640 to £15,568, a 0.4 percent drop from last year.
Here is the full LPC price list, ranked from highest to lowest fee:
|Law School||2016/17 Fees||2017/18 Fees||% difference|
|University of Law (London)||£15,240||£15,670||2.90%|
|City Law School||£14,000||£14,500||3.60%|
|University of Law (Guilford)||£12,450||£12,550||0.80%|
|Cardiff Law School||£11,485||£12,490||8.70%|
|University of Law (Birmingham)||£11,950||£12,150||1.70%|
|University of Law (Bristol)||£11,950||£12,150||1.70%|
|University of Law (Exeter)||£11,950||£12,150||1.70%|
|University of Law (Leeds)||£11,200||£11,710||4.50%|
|University of Law (Manchester)||£11,200||£11,710||4.50%|
|Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent)||£11,100||£11,300||1.80%|
|Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE||£10,950||£11,000||0.40%|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||£10,068||£10,068||0%|
|Central Lancashire (UCLAN)||£9,000||£10,000||11.10%|
|Northumbria University at Newcastle||£9,400||£10,000||6.30%|
|London Metropolitan University||£9,810||£9,900||1%|
|Liverpool John Moores||£9,000||£9,200||2.20%|
|Leeds Beckett University||£7,700||£7,700||0%|
|University of West London||£10,950||TBC||TBC|
|University of Wolverhampton||£9,800||TBC||TBC|
|University of South Wales||£9,700||TBC||TBC|
Source: Legal Cheek
(£100 = US$124.682)