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Should I do the Legal Practice Course part-time or full-time?

Good question. This really depends on your career plans.  Our advice is always to get the Legal Practice Course over and done with as quickly as possible if you can afford to. Completing the Legal Practice Course LPC part-time or by distance learning is only really relevant if you have to work whilst you are studying in order to afford to pay for it or you have a legal job already that is of good quality and you do not wish to leave it in order to do the Legal Practice Course full time.

For anyone else, particularly anyone who has a dead end part time job that is not going to get them anywhere, our advice is to give up immediately and do the Legal Practice Course full time.

The quicker you are through the Legal Practice Course stage, the better

This advice does not apply to anyone with a Third Class Degree. If you have a Third Class Degree you need to think very carefully before starting out on the Legal Practice Course, if indeed you can find someone to take you on to complete it.

The Legal Practice Course is not the be all and end all if you do not have a good degree.  There are lots of other ways into the legal profession…

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Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at