Location: Gray's Inn, London
Number of LPC places: 176 FT (2020/21)
Number of Bar Course places: 380 FT, 60 PT (2020/21)
LPC fees (2021/22): £15,050
BVS fees (2021/22): £18,500
SQE: From 2023, the City Law School will look to offer a focused course for both SQE 1 and SQE 2 prep.
“I think City is perhaps more geared towards barristers.”
“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. Alternative routes offer 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!