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Oxford Institute of Legal Practice

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
Motto Educating Lawyers in Oxford
Active 1993 (1993)–2013
Type Law school
Location Oxford, England
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Oxford (1993-2009)
Oxford Brookes University (1993-2013)

The Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) was a law school based in Oxford, United Kingdom which specialised in teaching the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, also known as the Legal Practice Course (LPC).


The Oxford Institute of Legal Practice was established by the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University in 1993 as an Oxford-based law school specialised in the delivery of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), which culminates in the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. OXILP diplomas were jointly awarded by the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University and its students had access to the facilities of both universities. It was based in King Charles House on Park End Street in central Oxford.[1]

In 2000 OXILP was one of three LPC providers chosen by a group of eight City law firms to provide a new corporate-orientated LPC.[2][3]

In 2008 the University of Oxford decided to exit the provision of the LPC and, effective 2008, OXILP became a part of the School of Social Sciences and Law of Oxford Brookes, and moved to Headington Hill Hall, a Grade II listed mansion dating back to 1771 owned by Oxford Brookes.[4]

In March 2011 a former OXILP student who had failed its LPC course lost a bid for damages at the High Court for what she claimed had been "clearly negligent" tuition.[5]

In March 2013 Oxford Brookes announced its intention to cease teaching the legal practice course at the end of the 2012/13 academic year, following a 50 per cent decline in applications over the prior five years.[6][7] The University of Law subsequently agreed to take over the provision of Oxford Brookes' legal practice course.[6]


  1. ^ Burnett, Justina (2006). Getting Into Law. Crimson Publishing. p. 60.  
  2. ^ "City firms plan law courses". Times Higher Education. 14 January 2000. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Weighting the justice scales". Times Higher Education. 14 July 2000. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "OxILP slashes LPC fees following takeover". The Lawyer. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Oxford exam-fail law student loses compensation bid". BBC News. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Metcalfe, Christian (13 March 2013). "University of Law to look at Oxford expansion following LPC agreement". The Lawyer. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Waller-Davies, Becky (8 March 2013). "Oxford Brookes responds to LPC closure criticism". The Lawyer. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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