BPP Law School - True Picture

The facts

Location: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Holborn), Manchester

Number of LPC places: 3,307 FTE nationally

Number of BPTC places: 408 FT nationally, 144 PT nationally 

LPC fees: see breakdown by city

BPTC fees: see breakdown by city

Graduates say

...on the teaching: 

“It was very good. They did a lot of distance learning. We only had to come in for seminars, which was convenient. The teaching was of good quality; maybe the topics are dry but there's nothing you can do about that!”

“They do a good factory system. As long as you do a big thwack of revision you can do well. The teachers are all ex-lawyers and overall I thought they were good. I don't think anyone had any complaints. I didn't arrive for my training contract feeling unprepared.”

“It was really good; the tutors were super-supportive and always available to provide extra assistance if you needed it.”

“The standard of teaching is good, but organisation and admin-wise it's not the best.”

“I like the closed-book approach to exams. You're not carrying millions of notes into the exam hall.”

...on the facilities: 

“It's quite functional and spoon-fed but the facilities and teaching were good – it's a means to an end.”

Chambers says...

Birmingham



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,970 FT, £5,985 PT 

BPTC fees (2016/17): £15,680 FT, £7,840 PT 

The Brummie branch offers a lot of what London does, for quite a bit less. Range of full and part-time courses? Check. Central location? Check. Proximity to big firms and businesses? Check. It's a good-sized provider with all the mod cons, and even offers discounts at local parking venues for people who commute by car.

Bristol



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,970 FT, £5,985 PT 

Bristol impressed the Student Guide with its flexibility. It's one of BPP's smaller campuses, and when there isn't enough interest to run certain modules, the school will arrange for students to study them at other centres or over the weekend. It's got a good central location, and while it's not the most attractive of buildings, it has the beautiful Georgian houses of Queen's Square right on its doorstep.

Cambridge



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,970 FT, £5,985 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the facilities: 

“It's a small set-up but I really enjoyed it. The classes were tiny – it was fine.”

It may be home to one of the world's oldest universities, but Cambridge also hosts one of BPP's newest branches. It's got snazzy new facilities, the latest audio-visual equipment and even air-conditioned classrooms, all in the heart of this olde worlde city. This is a good-value course in one of Britain's most academic cities, but watch out for those tourists!

Leeds



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,210 FT, £5,605 PT 

BPTC fees (2016/17): £15,680 FT, £7,840 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

“I was really happy with it. I think I made a conscious decision to go to BPP just because I knew the quality of the teaching there was very high. Also the big firms like you to have gone there. It was a good experience, even part-time.”

“It was really well organised and it's near the train station. In terms of structure, it is really supportive. All the materials are provided in advance. Tutors make time for students out of normal hours, even on Saturdays or in the evenings, to give guidance and help you prepare for exams. Everything was always clear.”

Leeds is a good spot if you want big-city nightlife without the big-city price tag. The centre has an active careers service for those still hunting a training contract, advising on everything from writing a CV to how to make the most out of law fairs. The IT suite is another standout facility, and the teachers are full of helpful titbits for practice. 

Liverpool



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,210 FT, £5,605 PT 

BPP Liverpool is right in the heart of things, with local firms, shopping and the city's iconic waterfront all nearby. It's one of the smaller centres, which may appeal to those who want a tighter-knit cohort than London and don't mind slightly less space in the library. The fees are pretty reasonable, and we hear that there's free tea and coffee at the café.

London (Holborn)



LPC fees (2016/17): £15,240 FT, £7,620 PT 

BPTC fees (2016/17): £19,070 FT, £9,535 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

“The teachers were particularly really good, the resources were extensive and it had everything you need. They knew how to get you through your exams.”

“Some tutors were amazing and others weren't, which is frustrating when you consider what's on offer.”

It ain't as easy on the wallet as the other campuses, but this buys you modern facilities right in the heart of legal London. This is the home of the fast-track LPC and also offers the BPTC. The administrative wrinkles and the occasional timetabling reshuffle can be a tad frustrating, but the teaching, materials and multiple study spaces are all of a high quality.

Manchester



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,210 FT, £5,605 PT 

BPTC fees (2016/17): £15,680 FT, £7,840 PT 

Manchester is BPP's largest offering, with a 108-seat lecture theatre, ten classrooms and a pro bono centre. It's located near a number of law firms and barristers' chambers, and the academic heartland of Oxford Road (also handy for the Curry Mile). If the studying gets too much, the bars and eateries of recently gentrified Spinningfields are nearby, as is the Arndale shopping centre, the Palace Theatre and the city's Opera House.

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