Location: Birmingham (city centre)
Number of LPC places: 60 FT, 40 PT
LPC fees (2016/17): £9,800 FT, £4,900 PT
A good-value Midlands option, BCU particularly impresses with its 'Virtual Solicitor's Office', an online learning platform that combines prepping for sessions with simulating the life of a mid-size firm. Back in the real world, the law school recently moved to a fancy new city centre building with all the mod cons and two libraries, so there should be enough space to sit down and cram come exam time, including an LPC-only dedicated resource room. There's a broad enough range of electives if you want to keep your options open, but most graduates go to high-street, rather than City or national, practices. The school also offers a wide range of pro bono opportunities for students, helping you gain experience and boost your CV.