Location: Cardiff (city centre)
Number of LPC places: 180 FT, 40 PT
Number of BPTC places: 84 FT
LPC fees (2018/19): £12,490 FT, £6,620 PT
BPTC fees (2018/19): £15,950 FT
...on the teaching:
“The teaching was very good but I found it really difficult after working as a paralegal. It felt like I was ticking boxes and the fact it cost me 12k didn't help. However, now that I'm doing a training contract, what I did learn has helped me practically, as much as I hate to say it.”
“You get a good level of contact from the teachers.”
“There's a lot of face-to-face teaching.”
“The teaching was good, but the compulsory modules were more tailored to high-street firms than commercial firms.”
"The teaching groups were small which made it more personal; the teachers were always there if you needed them."
...on the facilities:
"There weren't as many networking opportunities as other providers."
We think this is a good-value course, but as Welsh trainee salaries are among the lowest in the country, graduates looking to make top dollar may have to rejoin the City rat race. The BPTC is highly skills-based, exceeding the BSB minimum requirements for the amount of class contact time, particularly on advocacy. The course caters to students wishing to enter either commercial or high-street firms, although it is not tailored to City work. There's a good spread of electives in both commercial and private client subjects. Cardiff is the only Russell Group university to offer both the LPC and the BPTC, but graduates need not rely on this cachet alone, as Cardiff's impressive work experience programme is open to both courses. There's also an extensive range of pro bono activities.