Revealed: the employment rates of the top LPC providers

Lawyer 2B can reveal the employment rates of the biggest Legal Practice Course (LPC) providers.

The rates, which vary considerably between institutions, have been presented below in the most detailed form possible, although not all institutions provided the same level of detail. The statistics demonstrate what percentage of students at each education provider gained employment in the legal industry approximately six months after graduation. 

BPP Law School stated that 89 per cent of its students who graduated from the LPC in 2011 and 2012 gained legal work. The university did not provide a year-by-year breakdown nor indicate how many of its students gained training contracts. It did not provide data for students who graduated in 2010.

At City University London, of those who undertook the LPC during 2011/12, 78 per cent of those who graduated found legal employment.

At Kaplan Law School, 84 per cent of 2011/12 LPC students gained a training contract. Other students gained different types of legal employment, but the institution chose not to reveal this figure. 

Philip Roberts, dean of law at Kaplan, said: “We at Kaplan Law School use training contracts as evidence of a successful outcome. While a paralegal position or other job in the legal sector would certainly be a measure of progress as students develop their careers, for our students the ultimate prize is a training contract leading to qualification as a solicitor.”

At Manchester Metropolitan University, 4 per cent of full time 2011/12 LPC students gained training contracts while 44 per cent were employed in another capacity within the legal industry. Of the part time students enrolled on the LPC, 12.5 per cent found training contracts while another 44 per cent went onto other legal work.

At Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, 34 per cent of 2011/12 full time LPC students had found training contracts, while another 41 per cent were employed as paralegals. Of part time students, 45 per cent went on to training contracts while 33 per cent found paralegal work.

The University of Law revealed that 89 per cent of its full time 2011/12 LPC students secured a job in the legal profession.

A spokesperson added: “Over the past three years our careers destination survey, which is carried out within a few months of graduation, has shown that around two thirds of those LPC graduates who had secured legal employment had a training contract.  

“The remainder were employed as paralegals or in other legal roles such as caseworkers, legal assistants and contract managers.  We know from our close work with legal employers that for many students, securing relevant work experience in a paralegal or similar role is the first step to securing a training contract.”

 
LPC students – year of graduation: 2012 Percentage in legal work Percentage with training contract Percentage in other legal work
BPP 89    
City University London 78    
Kaplan Law School   84  
Manchester Metropolitan University (full time)   4 44
Manchester Metropolitan University (part time)   12.5 44
Nottingham Trent University (full time)   34 41
Nottingham Trent University (part time)   45 33
University of Law 89    
LPC students – year of graduation: 2011 Percentage in legal work Percentage with training contract Percentage in other legal work
BPP 89    
City University London 57    
Kaplan Law School   87  
Manchester Metropolitan University (full time)   3 67
Manchester Metropolitan University (part time)   24 73
Nottingham Trent University (full time)   59 29
Nottingham Trent University (part time)   32 45
University of Law 83    
 
LPC students – year of graduation: 2010 Percentage in legal work Percentage with training contract Percentage in other legal work
BPP N/A    
City University London 72    
Kaplan Law School   74  
Manchester Metropolitan University (full time)   6 42
Manchester Metropolitan University (part time)   9 42
Nottingham Trent University (full time)   45 26
Nottingham Trent University (part time)   62 18
University of Law 84