Bristol Law School at UWE - True Picture

The facts

Location: Coldharbour Lane, Bristol

Number of LPC places: 100 FT, 100 PT

Number of BPTC places: 96 FT, 48 PT

LPC fees (2018/19): £11,500 FT, £5,750 PT

BPTC fees (2018/19): £14,000 FT, £7,000 PT


Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

I enjoyed the fact that the teaching was more similar to traditional university courses than other law schools.”

The tutors were highly experienced, and were happy to explain anything you may have missed.”

I could attend the course two days a week, which allowed me to work alongside my LPC.”

...on the facilities:

The library resources were excellent.”

...on the fees:

The fees were cheaper, which was a big priority for me as I was paying for the LPC myself.”

...on getting a job:

The tutors didn't just give us practical examples; they also helped us network.”

Chambers says...

Sun, sea and cider: Bristol's a great city, although we should note that UWE is a little out of town. UWE's LPC will appeal to those seeking both high-street and commercial training contracts, particularly in the South West. It has a large alumni network in the region, and offers a pleasingly broad spread of electives. The BPTC benefits from its links to the Western Circuit, but compared to London that's a small market with a handful of pupillages each year. The Bar course offers one-to-one advocacy training and there are also mock trial and pro bono opportunities to help students sharpen their verbal rapiers.

Bristol Law School at UWE

Bristol Law School,
University of the West of England,
BS16 1QY

University profile

UWE Bristol Law School is widely recognised as one of the leading providers of professional legal education in the UK. We have a reputation for excellence and for delivering courses of the very highest quality. We offer the full range of professional law programmes. Our courses are taught by the tutors who design and write them; experienced solicitors or barristers teaching within their own subject areas. From our dedicated law facilities to our events and pro bono activities, we have everything you need to enhance your career prospects and a very strong track record of assisting students that have not secured training contracts or pupillage.

Both the LPC and BPTC are offered as Master's programmes, allowing eligible students to apply for a postgraduate loan to fund their studies. There are different options to complete the Master's programme, these focus on continuing your professional development as a reflective practitioner with responsibility for your own development and learning.

Our benefits: regional law fair and meet the employers fair; networking and careers events (including our distinguished executive address series); dedicated professional law teaching and common rooms; mock courtrooms (used by legal practitioners and students); comprehensive online resources, including recorded lectures; extensive law library; pro bono unit, with a range of award-winning activities.

Graduate Diploma in Law

Our GDL enables you as a non-law graduate to progress with confidence to the LPC/BPTC, and is supported by a dedicated team of tutors who understand the demands of the GDL route. Teaching is not shared with undergraduates. The curriculum is divided into two teaching blocks with assessments after each block, which greatly assists our students in managing workload. Tuition will develop you for the demands of the legal profession, equipping you with the necessary legal skills to thoroughly apply the law to a set of facts and the ability to solve legal problems.

LLM Advanced Legal Practice (LPC)

Whether you are intending to practise in a commercial or high street firm, the practical, wide-ranging Legal Practice Course will provide the broad and rigorous foundation you need to be ‘practice ready’ for a career in Law. Our LPC is the longest established in Bristol and the region with a reputation of the highest quality.

Workshop teaching happens in small, interactive groups with an emphasis on intensive, personal tuition. Here, you will learn by doing within a supportive, friendly environment, developing the skills and knowledge to excel in your role as a solicitor. You will benefit from flexible modes of study and a choice of timetabling options. There are strong links to local and regional practice, including a placement scheme run in conjunction with Bristol Law Society.

LLM Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTC)

With its reputation for teaching excellence, high levels of student satisfaction and outstanding pastoral care, our BPTC is highly commended by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and will equip you with key skills to excel in practice. There are exceptional links with the local Bar including participation in mock pupillage interviews, chambers sponsored advocacy and mooting competitions annually and an additional Western Circuit sponsored advocacy prize. You will have the opportunity to become an accredited civil commercial mediator for no additional cost. At the end of the course there is a two day mock murder trial presided by a real-life Judge with students undertaking prosecution and defence counsel roles.

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