Manchester Metropolitan University - True Picture

Number of places: 108 FT, 48 PT

Fees (2014/15): £13,250

The course

Thanks to its strong links to the Northern Circuit, this course is a solid choice for someone looking to do the rounds of barristers' sets in Manchester and beyond. “Virtually the whole teaching team is made of barristers with a significant number of years of experience each,” course director Joanne Lewthwaite tells us. “We recently worked out that we have 187 years call between the 12 of us.”

The brigade holds course sessions four days a week for full-timers. In the past the part-time option has been cancelled due to lack of interest, but when it does run it involves a full day of teaching one Monday a fortnight, supplemented by pre-recorded lectures and podcasts. Lectures take place in groups of 12, which are then split into groups of six for the advocacy training. This sees barristers who are still in full-time practice help students prepare for getting on their feet. They also have the chance to get extra experience acting as witnesses in the Northern Circuit's pupil training programme.

There are six electives on offer: advanced crime, family, personal injury, advanced civil, employment and business.

The location and facilities

Manchester Met's law school is in the city centre, close to the train station and plenty of cultural activities. The school has mock courtroom facilities, resource rooms and new DVD recording equipment for advocacy and conference classes. Students have access to the university's broader facilities, including its substantial law library and student union.

Manchester Met has ties with the Personal Support Unit at Manchester Civil Justice Centre and the Manchester Mediation Service. Mediation monkeys can take their interest further still by gaining a professional mediation qualification at no extra cost. There's also an imaginative scheme that hooks aspiring barristers up with trainee police officers for some realistic advocacy practice.

Careers services and prospects

Students have access to both the law school and the university careers services. There are personal tutors to help with pupillage applications.

Most students who secure a pupillage end up at sets around the North West, although a few go to London each year. Manchester Met wouldn't reveal what proportion of their alumni end up with pupillages, but you can bet competition's stiff for the relatively small number of North West spots. According to Lewthwaite, many grads who stay local continue to be involved in the school years on.

The Chambers Student verdict

This small operator is a good bet for students keen on advocacy-focused training and hoping to break into the North West legal circuit. 

Manchester Metropolitan University

Bellhouse Building,
M15 6BX

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College profile Manchester Law School is one of the largest legal education providers in the UK, with a long history of providing top class training at the centre of the UK’s second largest legal hub. As part of Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Law School benefits from exceptional facilities, with the additional advantage of being adjoined to our £75m Business School and Student Hub. Students gain huge benefits from regular contact with the legal profession due to strong, long-lasting links and the advantage of many staff still being in practice. Outstanding Pro Bono programmes, careers support, mentoring schemes and work experience opportunities make Manchester Law School a popular choice for postgraduate and professional study. Each year over 1500 students study on a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes, including the LLB (Hons), Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and LLM.

We offer the following postgraduate courses, on a full and part-time basis:


 If you are a non-law graduate looking for a legal career, our GDL is the perfect start. Our new ‘Legal Skills and Practice’ module will equip you with all the skills you need to train as a solicitor or barrister. We offer high levels of face-to-face teaching, innovative teaching methods and exceptional extra-curricular opportunities.


 Our LPC is the perfect training for aspiring solicitors. You will receive all the vocational training you need for your future career, delivered by our innovative teaching team. You will also benefit from our excellent links to the local legal profession and the opportunity to gain work experience in your chosen elective subjects.


 We have a long and successful history of training barristers and our BPTC is rigorous, interactive and practical. We have outstanding, lasting links to the local Bar, giving you a great start to your career as well as significantly more advocacy training than the BSB advises. You will also receive the opportunity to obtain an independent professional qualification in mediation at no additional cost.


 Our legal masters programme has been tremendously popular since its inception in 2010 and has two exciting routes. The taught LLM is for those with an LLB/GDL or a degree in social sciences. It allows you to research an area of the law that interests you and provides an excellent addition to your CV. The “top-up” LLM route is for those who already have an LPC/BPTC. It is a streamlined, fast-track way of getting a masters – you only complete one taught module and a research project.

Scholarships are available for the GDL, LPC and BPTC, visit for details.

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