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Hey,

i am having worries about the cost of the LPC, especially as i may not even secure a TC! Does anyone have any advice from past experience?

Also, what is a suitable amount to borrow for maintenance during the course? And is it possible to work p/t whilst studying??

Thanks in advance
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Working part time is definitely possible. I have worked 15 hours a week, give or take, throughout the year. During Terms 1-2 this was in a legal role, office hours, which made my life a little hectic as I had to rush off from lectures to get to work for the afternoon, but paid very well. When that role ended I went back to waitressing which is evenings/weekends so I have a bit more free time during the day. You have to be organised with your time though. I am naturally a disciplined person, but even for me it wasn't much fun when my friends went off for coffees and long lunches between lectures while i headed to the study room to do prep. Having said that, the LPC really isn't that hard and it's not like I had to devote all my evenings to prep - one evening a week plus using the time in between lectures was enough for me.

I don't know about maintenance as I'm lucky enough to live at home. My advice would be to do it outside of London where living costs will be much cheaper. I have friends who have borrowed ~£10k for maintenance.
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Do many people actually do the LPC without a training contract??!
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(Original post by Redeyejedi)
Do many people actually do the LPC without a training contract??!
Yes, of course. At OXILP where I am, I'd say at least 60% didn't have TCs at the start of the year. I can't say I actually know anyone who has secured one during the year either. I believe the figures at most providers are around 50%
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Do many people actually do the LPC without a training contract??!
Firms which aren't at least medium-size commercial firms tend recruit less than a year in advance, which effectively means you have to start the LPC without a TC if you want to go to that type of firm.

If you're aiming for a big commercial firm which recruits two years in advance, I would question the wisdom of starting the LPC without a TC. But a surprising number of people do.
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Firms which aren't at least medium-size commercial firms tend recruit less than a year in advance, which effectively means you have to start the LPC without a TC if you want to go to that type of firm.

If you're aiming for a big commercial firm which recruits two years in advance, I would question the wisdom of starting the LPC without a TC. But a surprising number of people do.
Ah ok. Makes a great deal of sense. Thanks for the responses. Just have to absolutely nail the vacation schemes and get a training contract first time round then! *Gets down on knees and prays*
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