University of Law - True Picture

The facts

Location: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester, London (Bloomsbury), London (Moorgate), York

Number of LPC places: 4,750 FT, 2,000 PT

Number of BPTC places: 372 FT, 84 PT

Fees: see individual branches below

Contact

Freephone: (0800) 289997

International +44 (0) 1483 216000

Email: admissions@law.ac.uk

Website: www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate

Twitter: @UniversityofLaw

Facebook: UniversityOfLaw

GDL & LPC full-time: 

Apply to: Central Applications Board

www.lawcabs.ac.uk 

GDL & LPC part-time, i-GDL & i-LLM LPC: 

Apply to: The University of Law

www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate

BPTC full-time & part-time: 

Apply to: Bar Student Application Service

www.barsas.com 

IBA LLM & ICM MSc: 

Apply to: The University of Law

www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

 “I loved the LPC! I still use the notes. I thought the teaching was brilliant. It was tailored to what I wanted.”

“I was pleasantly surprised. It was nice that the lecturers were ex-practising lawyers so you felt as though you were being taught by people in relevant industries. The facilities were good too. It's expensive but it comes up with the goods in that regard.”

“I don't think anyone is happy with the teaching or the resources but the problem is the LPC; it's just box-ticking.”

“The open-book exams help to prepare you for what it's like in practice.”

“It wasn't my favourite year of study but the materials were really comprehensive. The teaching was of a really high standard and it made the course as enjoyable as it could be. It is different from studying at university, it's a lot more practical. I recommend the University of Law.”

...on the facilities:  

“I would recommend it; I looked at BPP, but I liked the feel of the campus at ULaw more and they were supportive. The career help probably wasn't as good as it could be though.”

“You know what you're getting with the University of Law. Everything is pretty universal in all of their locations. Nothing really stood out to me as particularly excellent or particularly bad.”

...on the fees: 

“The teaching was fantastic – the tutors were always there for you, and provided support. Though I think they could do the course faster and we could pay less money."

...on getting a job: 

“There are lots of people there with training contracts from excellent City firms so it is as much a good place to network as it is to learn.”

Chambers says...

Britain's oldest LPC provider is locked in a constant arms race with BPP for the right to provide bespoke LPCs to the legal world's big hitters, and is currently the preferred provider to around 30 of them. It has eight campuses up and down the country in locations as bustling as Moorgate and as idyllic as Chester. It offers the BPTC in Birmingham, Leeds and Bloomsbury, and a range of different study options in its other centres. Yes, it's pricier than its rivals, yes it's a profit-making enterprise rather than a traditional university, and yes, there are some administrative wrinkles, but The University of Law's impressively well resourced and has good contacts and name recognition in the profession. For more about each location, see below.

Birmingham



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,950 FT, £5,975 PT 

BPTC fees (2016/17): £15,480 FT, £7,740 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

“The material was fairly accessible; some of it wasn't particularly relevant to working at a large commercial law firm though. It was a bit like going to school. I felt well equipped for the exams.”

“The course leader was inspiring; some of the tutors have got a really good background in law.”

...on the facilities: 

“It was pretty good, pretty decent. It has just been done up. The facilities are really modern and the teaching seemed pretty good to me. There were good class sizes and a good amount of attention paid to us.”

Birmingham's French exchange is a great opportunity to build your international network; but entry is highly competitive. The school makes use of online learning, but small class sizes ensure a good level of face-to-face contact, while a structured programme helps students get over the finish line. Facilities-wise, Birmingham's students have the benefit of two – yes, two – libraries, so it should be possible to find a seat, even during busy periods.

Bristol



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,950 FT, £5,975 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

"The quality of teaching was good and there was a very wide choice of electives – we were spoilt for choice. The electives weren't cut down for part-time students, which was great as sometimes being a part-time student can make you feel like an afterthought.”

...on the facilities: 

“I really liked it. I got to live at home. It was a small operation, we were in classrooms and I thought they delivered a good service – it was personal.”

Its fees may be at the lower end, but Bristol has some of the highest student satisfaction of any campus. Tutors are fresh from practice, and teach a much smaller cohort than their colleagues in the university's other centres, which makes for current teaching and a more tight-knit atmosphere.

Chester



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,200 FT, £5,600 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the facilities: 

"I really appreciated the fact that ULaw has locations around the country. It meant I could easily travel to Chester while keeping my overheads down by staying with my parents in Cheshire.”

Chester shares with Manchester the honour of having the lowest LPC fees in the entire university, but it's not a one-trick pony. The campus is set amid 14 acres of parkland that serves as a barrier to the stresses of the outside world, but not to graduates securing training contracts in big City firms. Maybe not one for the party animals among you, but Chester's got good library facilities, access to pro bono activities and connections to the profession.

Exeter



LPC fees (2016/17):£11,950 FT, £5,975 PT

As of 2016, the University of Law and the University of Exeter have teamed up to offer students the chance to study the LPC in the scenic South West. Continuing to spread its footprint across the UK, The University of Law's operation in the cathedral city of Devon is one of the cheaper options for LPCers, as it falls under the £12,000 mark. However, as 2016 is the inaugural year, it remains to be seen how students rate the Exeter option. The campus is situated in a country estate overlooking the city, which is not a bad start.

Guildford



LPC fees (2016/17): £12,450 FT, £6,225 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

"Pros – good for learning practical skills for the job, like drafting. Cons – I don't know if there are any.”

“The teachers were great, they spent a lot of time with you and the materials were really thorough. You were given a good idea of what you needed to know and what comes up in the exam. I don't know if they still run the LLM part, but I have to say that was not very well run. I had a supervisor for the dissertation, but never met them.”

...on the facilities: 

“I enjoyed the LPC, although while going through it I was itching to start my training contract! Despite that it was very useful. I would definitely recommend the University of Law in Guildford – the campus is beautiful in the Surrey hills, with a netball court and tennis courts, and they have really good connections with firms in the area like Penningtons and Stevens & Bolton.”

If you'd like to study for the LPC in peaceful surrounds while still having ready access to the country's legal nerve centre, Guildford may be for you. The course is taught in a stately home situated just outside town, but if it all gets a bit too quiet, central London is but a 35-minute train ride away. Fees are in the middle of the price range, but you're not just paying for the picturesque landscape. Tutors are not only knowledgeable, but care about students' development, which comes across in their teaching and makes for an improved learning experience.

Leeds



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,200 FT, £5,600 PT 

BPTC fees (2016/17): £15,480 FT, £7,740 PT

Leeds has one of the largest student populations in Britain, and one of the fastest-growing legal centres outside London, making this a good spot for both job hunting and, ahem, study. This is one of the newer branches of the university, and its glass and steel building actually looks a bit like a law firm.

London (Bloomsbury)



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

BPTC fees (2016/17): £19,040 FT, £9,520 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

“I really enjoyed the private client coverage actually. The faculty did a good job at highlighting how you need to differ your approach to private clients over corporations.”

...on the facilities: 

“It was well organised, though I do think the Bloomsbury campus needs a bit of an upgrade compared to Moorgate. Simple things like security and lecture halls are a bit older and need a bit of work. The teaching was good.”

...on getting a job: 

“The positives are its really good career service and its links to London firms. It was fine, it did the job.”

There are fewer students at Bloombury who have City training contracts, and the campus hosts the BPTC, so baby barristers rub shoulders with a more varied LPC cohort than Moorgate, and the whole place is much less relentlessly corporate. We'll admit that it isn't quite as swish as it's City-slicking cousin down the road, and some materials can be a little out of date, but teaching is up there with the rest of the University of Law. Facilities-wise, there's a four-floor law library, recently updated IT systems and an on-site courtroom.

London (Moorgate)



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

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

“The information was accessible and the teaching was good. The only thing is being in London you're very much exposed only to London firms and City firms in particular. If that's not for you then you have to seek out info on other firms from elsewhere.”

“I really like it there. The teachers are fab and supportive. I didn't enjoy the distance learning part during the first month – it's much harder doing everything by email, but that was the only downside. The teaching, seminars and pace of the course were all good.”

“I enjoyed being able to study with the cohorts from Linklaters and Clifford Chance; it's nice to get to know your peers at other firms. The teaching was fine and we were given enough support. I thought the seven-month course would be worse than it was but I think it was more immersive than the year-long course.”

...on the facilities: 

“The facilities and location were great. Most of the teachers were really good and I couldn't fault them – they know their stuff. Others were newer and a bit more tied to the structure of the course they'd been set, whereas the better ones took the structure and manipulated it to make it more interesting.”

“Generally speaking I was happy. Maybe they could have had more computers in the library; we did a lot of work on-site so that was a bit of an issue but mostly it was fine.”

“I liked the teaching. The building and the facilities were good.”

It may be smaller than Bloomsbury, but Moorgate is slicker and attracts the lion's share of students looking to work in the City. You'll be right in the City's beating heart, a stone's throw from potential employers and clients, and surrounded by high-class eateries and watering holes. Classes are slightly larger than at other study centres, which can make the course feel like an impersonal box-ticking exercise at times, and there have been a few well-publicised issues with releasing exam results in the past.

Manchester



LPC fees (2016/17): £11,200 FT, £5,600 PT 

Graduates say...

...on the teaching: 

“The University of Law in Manchester was great for building the practical skills you'll need. The tutors really question you to make sure you've got a full grasp of what you're covering. They are really good at giving advice too and I got involved in pro bono work, which helped. There are plenty of opportunities to do pro bono.”

“ULaw Manchester has a really good reputation, and after studying there I can understand why. Those running the course really know their stuff and set you up with many of the essential skills you'll realistically need when you begin practising.”

...on the facilities: 

“I thought it was really good. I liked the facilities and the careers team were good. I was really impressed and I liked the interactive features of it.”

Manchester is one of the newer branches of the UK's oldest legal training provider, so it should be no surprise that its facilities are shiny and new. The premises, which were still a little basic at the time last year's Student Guide was written, have been spruced up, so complaints about the lack of space or catering facilities are no longer applicable. Staff are willing to share experiences of practice, but the fact that there's only one careers adviser may make the experience somewhat frustrating.

University of Law

Braboeuf Manor,
St Catherines,
Guildford,
GU3 1HA
Website www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate

  • Contact  
  • Freephone 0800 289997
  • International +44 1483 216000
  • Email: admissions@law.ac.uk
  • www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • GDL & LPC full-time  
  • Apply to: Central Applications Board
  • www.lawcabs.ac.uk
  • GDL & LPC part-time & online  
  • Apply to: The University of Law
  • www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • BPTC full & part-time  
  • Apply to: Bar Student Application Service
  • www.barsas.com
  • Online LLMs and MSc 
  • www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • Locations  
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) and Manchester

School profile



Whether your ambition is to work as a lawyer or in wider business, studying at The University of Law will ensure you’ll get the best possible start to your career. We’re the UK’s largest law school with nine locations nationwide and an award winning careers and employability service. Our innovative business focused postgraduate courses are designed and taught by lawyers with real commercial experience and have a strong emphasis on building the practical skills that today’s employers are looking for. As a University of Law student, you will have access to one of the country’s largest and most varied pro bono programmes with over 2,900 opportunities to put your legal skills into practice. Not to mention the UK’s largest legal mentoring programme, with the support of 600 practising lawyers. Our record speaks for itself, 97% of our full-time summer 2014 and 2015 LPC students secured employment within nine months of graduation.

Graduate Diploma in Law (full-time/part-time/online)



Our GDL is designed to build knowledge and skills that more than match a law degree. Academic training is built around real life examples and with research assignments that directly reflect the way you’ll work as a lawyer. Our unique Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module equips you with the professional skills you’ll need as a modern lawyer.

Legal Practice Course (full-time/part-time/online)



We’re confident that our LPC is the best preparation for entering legal practice by offering you the skills to succeed in the business world. Future lawyers and business leaders need a wealth of skills to prepare them for today’s market place. Our client focused LPC enables you to develop commercial awareness, critical thinking, project management and the networking skills that will prepare you for the challenges ahead. Study our LPC and you can gain an MSc in Law, Business and Management or LLM in Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost.

Bar Professional Training Course (full-time/part-time)



Our BPTC is uniquely structured to mirror the real life experience of a barrister in practice. We’re the only legal training provider offering a 'live' selection process designed to attract the brightest students. Learn from qualified tutors with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy training. Most of your learning will be in small groups with plenty of opportunities to put it into action through practitioner evenings, mock trials, court visits, mooting, negotiating and advocacy competitions, and pro bono.

Online LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution) or an online LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)



Our Master of Laws programmes provide an excellent way to develop an in-depth knowledge and specialist skills in your chosen study area of either Conflict Resolution or Intellectual Property.

Online MSc in Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance



Build international legal and GRC knowledge with our career enhancing Master's qualification delivered in collaboration with the International Compliance Association (ICA).

Events



We run events of all types, including open days, law fairs and insight days and online webinars.

Check them out at www.law.ac.uk/events