University of Sunderland
Location: Sunderland (Sir Tom Cowie Campus)
Number of LPC places: 40 FTE
LPC fees (2017/18): £9,500 FT
Dedicated to the North East? Sunderland offers a good deal. Aside from its regional focus, the other USP of this course is its focus on client skills. Along with a dedicated law library and the ability to tailor the course down a commercial or high street route, students spend half of either Thursday or Friday each week in the law clinic working on cases. Exams are also open book and many of the problems and materials derive from anonymised old cases that the tutors have worked on. Plenty of careers advice is available: there's a mock assessment centre judged by lawyers working in the region, as well as various networking opportunities and supervisors who assume the role of personal mentors. One down side is an absence of evening classes: seminars and lectures are packed into Monday and Tuesday, which could make juggling other commitments difficult. However, for those seeking a legal career in the region Sunderland is well worth a look.