City Law School, London - True Picture

The facts

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

Graduates say...

“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.”

Chambers says...

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

Gray's Inn Place,
4 Warwick Court,

School profile

The City Law School offers high quality postgraduate courses that are suitable for both law and non-law graduates. The School was the first law school in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education. It is one of London’s major law schools offering an impressive range of academic and professional courses.

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (full-time)

Designed to enable non-law graduates to complete the first stage of academic legal training, this GDL is one of the largest and most respected GDL courses in the UK, and has a long-standing reputation with the Bar and amongst City law firms. This course enable progression to the required professional legal skills courses; the Bar Vocational Studies Course (BVS), or the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Graduate entry LLB (two years full-time)

This well-established conversion course for non-law graduates provides students with the opportunity to gain the required legal knowledge, whilst identifying and developing special interest subjects.

Bar Professional Training Course (full-time, part-time or two-part)*

Developed to replace the Bar Professional Training Course, our Bar Vocational Studies Programmes offer you the opportunity to choose between a combination of learning methods and routes depending on your requirements and learning style. All our BVS programmes qualify you to practice as a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales.
There is also a dedicated Pupillage Advisory Service exclusively for students, to help when applying for pupillage.

*At the time of printing, the Bar Vocational Studies programmes are subject to authorisation by the Bar Standards Board. Please visit our website for up-to-date information.

Legal Practice Course (LPC) (full-time)

The School’s Legal Practice Course (LPC) has been designed to ensure that you are fully prepared to meet the demands of the modern legal profession by helping you to master the vital skills and knowledge you need to be a successful solicitor. There are two City LPC routes. If you successfully complete the compulsory taught element of the course you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma and be certified as having completed Stages 1 and 2 of the Legal Practice Course. Alternatively, you may choose to complete both the LPC and an additional practice-focussed dissertation in order to achieve a master’s degree.

Master of Laws (LLM) (full-time)

The Master of Laws (LLM) is a flexible programme which enables students to develop a critical understanding of specialist or linked areas of the law. Students embarking on the LLM are able to select from a range of different module electives to gain a general Master of Laws, or choose electives from specific modules, to specialise in a particular area of law. There are 13 specialisms that include public international law, international banking and finance law, international energy law and regulation, international commercial law, and international human rights law.