(Original post by Kelly1987)
Do you want to be a Solicitor or Barrister? You should have already researched this stuff to be honest. You are leaving it a little late to find out the route to becoming a Solicitor.
Anyway, currently you can only apply for the LPC for 2012. If you're second year, you don't need to apply yet, as you won't start your LPC until 2013 most probably - the same as me.
I'm not sure whether Kelly1987 means the actual TC takes place after the LPC (it usually, but not always does) but it reads as if APPLYING for TCs should occur after the completion of the LPC. It's already been noted above, but that is incorrect. You should be applying for training contracts much earlier than that. Nearly all firms, including smaller high street outfits, now recruit a couple of years in advance (though occasionally vacancies for earlier starts appear, though these are limited in this economic climate), and it takes some people years of applications to obtain a TC so there is no reason to delay.
It is not necessary to have a TC lined up to get a place on the LPC but the original poster should consider their realistic chances of getting a training contract before forking out for the fees and a year's living expenses. A proportion of LPC students are sponsored by City and other big firms. Those candidates will frequently (though not exclusively) have obtained their TCs whilst still undergraduates.