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SRA reminds potential LPC students of important deadlines

Last updated: 13 February 2013

The SRA is reminding potential Legal Practice Course (LPC) students that they need to enrol with the regulatory body before they commence the LPC, and is urging them to apply sooner rather than later to allow time for the application to be processed.

The online application system has been available since 16 April and will remain live until 1 September 2012. After this date, students will need to download the form and submit a paper-based application, together with the fee and supporting documentation.

Students are reminded that in order for their application to be considered, they must complete an application and pay a fee of £80, as well as providing any supporting documentation that might be required. Students also need to submit an application for completion of the academic stage of training.

Those students who are due to complete their degree this year need to enter the predicted result. Late applications will only be considered if there is a clear and comprehensive explanation why the deadline was not met.

If an application is refused, the fee will be refunded*. The SRA aims to process the application within 30 days of the decision to accept.

But a word of warning for those students who commence the LPC before receiving confirmation of student enrolment and completion of the academic stage – they do so at their own risk. LPC providers will ask students to leave the course and any fees may be forfeit.

Deadlines are split between those students with any Character and Suitability issues and those without. Guidance on the Suitability Test applied by the SRA is available.

The deadlines are:

  • students with any Character and Suitability issues must apply for student enrolment six months in advance of their LPC start date,
  • those without any Character and Suitability issues must apply for student enrolment one month in advance of their LPC start date.

The SRA has written to all those students who have applied through the Central Applications Board (CAB) informing them of these deadlines. Part-time students who do not have to apply through CAB should also take note of these deadlines.

 * Please ignore this statement, no refund will be given if an application is refused.

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