LPC applications fall by 10 per cent as fees continue to climb

Applications for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) have dropped by 10 per cent compared to this time last year.

By 30 June 2013, 4,865 had applied to study the LPC in 2013/14. By the same date this year, that figure stood at 4,382 applications, figures from the Central Applications Board show.

According to the Law Society Gazette, this is the second year of decreased application numbers, with 8.4 per cent fewer LPC enrolments in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13.

Earlier this year, Plymouth University cancelled its LPC, blaming a fall in student numbers, while Anglia Ruskin suspended the course at its Chelmsford branch.

In March, Lawyer 2B revealed that the average price of a London-based LPC stood at £12,608, with the University of Westminster hiking prices by 11 per cent, the biggest increase nationwide.

The most expensive LPC outside the capital was provided by the University of Law’s Guildford campus, costing £11,800, while the cheapest option was £7,500 at Leeds Metropolitan University.

The chairman of the bar has called for a limit on the number of students allowed to take the LPC and BPTC; however bodies such as the Legal Services Board have disagreed.