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Is the LPC hard?

by Minoas Vitalis
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By now, you probably have heard about the new system of exams, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) (introduced in 2021) solicitors must pass for their qualification to be complete. The SQE will phase out the LPC gradually. Consequently, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has provided that the LPC will remain a valid alternative to the SQE up until 2032. Since you can take on the LPC till 2032 it’s a good thing to know if the course is difficult. Is the LPC hard? 

The simple answer to this question is the LPC is not hard and also hard. Here’s why. The LPC’s content is split into two parts. Stage one comprises compulsory subjects and stage two comprises optional electives – which will sometimes be determined by the firm you are training at. In terms of content, the LPC is not difficult. It’s not like you will be learning Latin or quantum physics. Now when people say the LPC is hard – and I tend to agree with this line of reasoning – what they mean is that the level of work involved to make it work is high. To excel in the LPC is difficult because the LPC is focused on the practical skills that lawyers use day to day. To impart these skills to you LPC providers emphasize workshops, continuous assessment, independent research and group discussions. How can you make life a bit easier while on the LPC? Read on

Time Management

This is probably the aptest advice we can offer for it cuts across other advice. The teaching methods you will face on your LPC will be dependent on the provider and the subject you are taking. Though what is common is the use of lectures, workshops, continuous assessment, seminars and tutorials to pass their lessons across. Though when we dig deeper independent research probably plays the most important part in learning the LPC and being successful at it. Thus to make life easier for yourself you must learn to plan and organize how your time will be effectively divided between the different methods to ensure your success, especially devoting much time to be able to carry out your self-study. The LPC is like a master’s program but on steroids.

Get Free Tuition

As we have already said the presence of continuous assessment is non-negotiable, and there’s no need to fear this. A key skill to making life easier for you on the LPC is to advantage of the resource made available to you, especially that of your tutors/lecturers. The tutors teaching the LPC will be legal professionals in one capacity or the other so if you are having issues with any part of a subject you can ask them for guidance or help as they are well placed to help. Most institutions will employ people that will be engaging and approachable. If you take this approach and contact the lecturers you can learn more than just the basics.


Do not underestimate the importance of exercise to your success on the LPC. It has been proven that taking part in moderate-to-vigorous physical activities will help improve your brain health (which you need to succeed on the LPC), reduce the risk of disease and improve your ability to perform everyday activities (like going to seminars, asking questions). Exercise releases endorphins – feel-good hormones – into your system. Do you know what endorphins do? They interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Think about that for a second.

Have a Cheat Day

You are probably thinking what is this point all about? But stay with me. If you are into fitness you probably have heard of cheat day: a day on which an individual can disregard all or some of all the restrictions he/she is following. By following a cheat day I do not mean you should have a day when you set aside to cheat. What I mean is that you have a day when you can take out the time to participate in social activities like meeting for a drink and the like.

Have a Positive Outlook

By now you are well aware that we are driven by facts and logic at Congrapps! So when we make statements we believe them to be true base on facts. To make your LPC life easier you need to employ a positive outlook (you can call it a positive attitude or perspective if you so wish). It has been proven that apart from giving you better heart health, a positive attitude can also help you develop an active and curious mind. If you develop a great mental attitude (positive outlook) you will be able to increase your productivity during the LPC. 

In conclusion, we are not saying that you should believe that the LPC is not difficult what we are saying is that you should cultivate a state of mind that allows you to be optimistic, envision and expect good things from the LPC.


Minoas graduated with a Merit upon studying the full-time MPA Public Administration – International Development degree (MPA-ID) at the University of York. He is currently working as a freelance EU affairs consultant in Belgium.


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