Location: Gray's Inn, London
Number of LPC places: 176 FT
Number of BPTC places: 380 FT, 60 PT
LPC fees (2018/19): £14,750
BPTC fees (2018/19): £18,500 FT, £9,250 PT
“The quality of the teaching convinced me to stay for the LPC.”
“I think City is perhaps more geared towards barristers. I was in the minority that opted for the solicitor route from the GDL. The LPC was straightforward, practical and hands on.”
“There's a clear timetable, and they give you two clear days off each week, which you can use for study, or to do mini-pupillages or work.”
You certainly get bang for your buck at City, but you'll have to pay quite a few bucks, and beat out a fair few applicants, to get in. It's the Grand Old Man of Bar schools, with impressive academics, one-to-one advocacy sessions and a hard-to-beat location surrounded by barristers' chambers. Although its LPC is less famous, it offers would-be students an enviable level of personal attention and small class sizes. Both courses emphasise learning by doing, and there's a range of pro bono and extra-curricular activities to help sharpen your edge. Students with the travel bug can even volunteer in South Africa!
City Law School, London
City University London,
The School’s prestigious Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) has an unrivalled reputation within the profession and was one of the first courses for non-law graduates. The Graduate Enty LLB (GE LLB) enables non-law graduates to gain an LLB in just two years. Both courses enable progession to the required professional legal skills courses - the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), both taught at our Gray’s Inn Place campus, as well as the opportunity to become more specialised, by studying for a Master of Laws (LLM).
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (full-time)
Graduate entry LLB (two years full-time)
Bar Professional Training Course (full-time or part-time)
There are two City BPTC routes: the first leads to a Postgraduate Diploma through successful completion of the BPTC assessments. The second leads to a LLM and eligibility for Call to the Bar of England and Wales by successful completion of the BPTC assessments and a dissertation.
There is also a dedicated Pupillage Advisory Service exclusively for students, to help when applying for pupillage.
Legal Practice Course (full-time)