University of Sheffield
Number of LPC places: 180 FT, 36 PT
LPC fees (2017/18): £11,500 FT, £5,750 PT
...on the teaching:
“It gave me a real insight into life as a solicitor.”
“They don't take on that many students, so it's easy to access one-on-one support.”
“The staff are relaxed, friendly and personable, and they all know you individually.”
“It was more useful in practice than other providers; Sheffield does more than coach you through the exams."
...on getting a job:
“Over half the people in my class didn't have training contracts and they spoke highly of the careers service.”
“It doesn't have the reputation in the marketplace that the big providers have, which is a real shame.”
Students at this Northerner enjoy a low staff-student ratio, and impressively low fees for a school with a redbrick pedigree. It hits a good balance between flexibility and specialisation; Sheffield offers a broad enough range of electives to cater to students who want to keep their options open, but there's also the opportunity to study core modules from a commercial or high street perspective. We think that Sheffield's focus on teaching students about the wider commercial context in which they'll practise is welcome, given that many law schools simply coach students through the exams. What's more, the school has recently converted the course to an MA in Legal Practice, to allow students to apply for the government PG loan. Students still get the vocational qualification but now complete a dissertation.