University of Law - True Picture

The facts



Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Bloomsbury), London (Moorgate), Reading

Number of LPC places: 4,750 FT, 2,000 PT

Number of BPTC places: 400 FT, 36 PT

Fees: see individual locations below

Contact



Freephone: 0800 289997

International: +44 1483 216000

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate

Twitter: @UniversityofLaw

Facebook: UniversityOfLaw

Applications



GDL, MA Law and LPC full-time: apply to Central Applications Board

GDL & LPC part-time, i-GDL and i-LLM LPC: apply to the University of Law

BPTC full-time and part-time: apply to the Bar Student Application Service

Full-time and online LLMs & Online MScs: apply to the University of Law

Graduates say...



...on the teaching:

I loved the LPC! I still use the notes. I thought the teaching was brilliant. It was tailored to what I wanted.”

“I had a brilliant time; the teaching was great and we got a lot of support. The class sizes are quite small so you get a good level of interaction with the teachers and other students. There's a lot of emphasis on group work and presentations, which stands you in good stead for the training contract.”

I don't think anyone is happy with the teaching or the resources but the problem is the LPC; it's just box-ticking.”

“The LPC is not a particularly engaging course and so student experience is largely down to how good your tutor is. Some are excellent and some are less so.”

“The fact that there had been a recent change in management was felt by everyone, and during exam time that became quite disruptive.”

"There was a mismatch with the provision of teachers: there were some very good ones. It was a bit of a lottery."

...on the facilities:

I would recommend it; I looked at BPP, but I liked the feel of the campus at ULaw more and they were supportive. The career help probably wasn't as good as it could be though.”

You know what you're getting with the University of Law. Everything is pretty universal in all of their locations. Nothing really stood out to me as particularly excellent or particularly bad.”

...on the fees:

The teaching was fantastic – the tutors were always there for you, and provided support. Though I think they could do the course faster and we could pay less money."

...on getting a job:

There are lots of people there with training contracts from excellent City firms so it is as much a good place to network as it is to learn.”

“It was a pretty good experience and they're quite focused on getting you on the career ladder.”

Chambers says...



Britain's oldest LPC provider is locked in a constant arms race with BPP for the right to provide bespoke LPCs to the legal world's big hitters, and is currently the preferred provider to around 30 of them. It now offers courses in 11 locations, on campuses as bustling as Moorgate and as idyllic as Chester. It offers the BPTC in Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury, and a range of different study options in its other centres. Yes, it's pricier than its rivals, yes it's a profit-making enterprise rather than a traditional university, and yes, there are some administrative wrinkles, but the University of Law is impressively well resourced and has good contacts and name recognition in the profession. For more about each location, see below.

Birmingham



LPC fees (2018/19): £13,150 FT, £13,150 PT (both years)

BPTC fees (2018/19): £14,900 FT, £14,900 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

…on the teaching:

“My experience was accelerated and very intense – it's quite high pressured! On the whole I had a good experience and our head of year was phenomenal.”

“The course leader was inspiring; some of the tutors have got a really good background in law.”

“Certain course materials had errors in them. In finance, for example, there were incorrect numbers and the figures didn't add up, while an error in our litigation assessment meant the manuscript had to be amended. It doesn’t look good when you've given up so much money.”

...on location:

“The centre was really easily accessible so I commuted in every day and there was a lot of support available.”

…on getting a job:

"Their careers service was up to date. They were able to review my CV and send me a video highlighting the document."

Chambers says...

Birmingham's French exchange is a great opportunity to build your international network, but entry is highly competitive. The school makes use of online learning, but small class sizes ensure a good level of face-to-face contact, while a structured programme helps students get over the finish line. Former students had good things to say about the careers service here. Facilities-wise, Birmingham's students have the benefit of two – yes, two – libraries, so it should be possible to find a seat, even during busy periods.

Bristol



LPC fees (2018/19): £13,150 FT, £13,150 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

“The people and teachers there were fantastic but the course itself wasn't as great, as they were trialling a new way of doing it. There were some scheduling issues with the exams, and we also had an advocacy paper re-released four or five times as they kept finding mistakes in it. However, I would still recommend the University of Law for its teaching. The Bristol centre itself was really good – the issues primarily came from the head office.” 

“They changed the course recently and it really showed. For example, they found a mistake in the middle of an exam and had to change the question.  All the teachers were really good but there was frustration over the way it was run.”

“The teaching was good, led by high-level tutors who were good at building a rapport with their classes. The organisation was disappointing at times, but I'd put that down to the fact that the University of Law is stretched across several locations.”

"The course structure was very clear and the content was excellent, although it could have been more practical."

"Some of the teachers were phenomenal: they were good with practical advice and drawing on their own experiences."

...on the facilities:

I really liked it. I got to live at home. It was a small operation, we were in classrooms and I thought they delivered a good service – it was personal.”

“The infrastructure was excellent and the teaching and online system was very good in my experience.

"They do treat the students like customers."

…on getting a job:

"ULaw didn’t provide many socials or networking opportunities."

Chambers says...

Its fees may be at the lower end, but Bristol has some of the highest student satisfaction of any campus. Tutors are fresh from practice, and teach a much smaller cohort than their colleagues in the university's other centres, which makes for current teaching and a more tight-knit atmosphere.

Chester



LPC fees (2018/19): £12,300 FT, £12,300 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

"I really appreciated the fact that ULaw has locations around the country. It meant I could easily travel to Chester while keeping my overheads down by staying with my parents in Cheshire.”

Chambers says...

Chester shares with Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool the honour of having the lowest LPC fees in the entire university. The campus is set amid 14 acres of parkland that serves as a barrier to the stresses of the outside world, but not to graduates securing training contracts in big City firms. Chester has got good library facilities, access to pro bono activities and connections to the profession.

Exeter



LPC fees (2018/19): £13,150 FT, £13,150 PT (both years)

Chambers says...

Since 2016 the University of Law and the University of Exeter have teamed up to offer students the chance to study the LPC in the scenic South West. Continuing to spread its footprint across the UK, the University of Law's operation in the cathedral city of Devon has middling fees. The campus is situated in a country estate overlooking the city.

Guildford



LPC fees (2018/19): £13,150 FT, £13,150 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

"Pros – good for learning practical skills for the job, like drafting. Cons – I don't know if there are any.”

“It was pretty good and I didn’t have many complaints. I guess you didn’t have that much contact with the tutors, but I was kind of used to that at university anyway.”

“I really enjoyed it. It was very different from my degree, but nice to do and practical.”

“There were some teething problems with a funds module they were running for the first time. Other than that the teaching was great, the resources were good and I still have access to all the written modules.”

"Things were very disorganised over the entirety of the course."

...on the facilities:

I enjoyed the LPC, although while going through it I was itching to start my training contract! Despite that it was very useful. I would definitely recommend the University of Law in Guildford – the campus is beautiful in the Surrey hills, with a netball court and tennis courts, and they have really good connections with firms in the area like Penningtons and Stevens & Bolton.”

“Guildford is a lovely country campus where everything is all slower-paced.”

Chambers says...

If you'd like to study for the LPC in peaceful surrounds while still having ready access to the country's legal nerve centre, Guildford may be for you. The course is taught in a stately home situated just outside town, but if it all gets a bit too quiet, central London is but a 35-minute train ride away. Fees are in the middle of the price range, but you're not just paying for the picturesque landscape. Tutors are not only knowledgeable, but care about students' development, which comes across in their teaching and makes for an improved learning experience.

Leeds



LPC fees (2018/19): £12,300 FT, £12,300 PT (both years)

BPTC fees (2018/19): £14,900 FT, £14,900 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

“All of the tutors were very approachable and helpful, and the course was interactive and interesting.”

“I found the LPC at ULaw Leeds useful and relevant. When I started they'd just moved into a new building, so things were a bit frantic at the start but once everything was organised it all went smoothly. I can't really think of anything that could be improved.”

Chambers says...

Leeds has one of the largest student populations in Britain, and one of the fastest-growing legal centres outside London, making this a good spot for both job hunting and, ahem, study. This is one of the newer branches of the university, and its glass and steel building actually looks a bit like a law firm. It’s also at the lower end of the scale for fees at just over £12,000.

Liverpool



LPC fees (2018/19): £12,300 FT, £12,300 PT (both years)

Chambers says...

From September 2018 the University of Law is offering the GDL and LPC on the University of Liverpool's campus, in an arrangement with the Liverpool Uni. Students will have access to ULaw's pro bono and careers services.

London (Bloomsbury)



LPC fees (2018/19): £16,750 FT, £16,750 PT (both years)

BPTC fees (2018/19): £18,150 FT, £18,150 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

“I particularly liked the electives. I had good teachers with relevant experience in practice.”

“I made great friends and a lot of the teachers were good, but the course administration could be improved: I was missed off the emailing list, they occasionally produced the wrong papers for classes and some of the exam papers had mistakes in them. A bit of a shambles at times, but the people were nice!”

"I thought they were pretty good given it's a formulaic spoon-fed course."

...on the facilities:

I do think the Bloomsbury campus needs a bit of an upgrade compared to Moorgate. Simple things like security and lecture halls are a bit older and need a bit of work.”

"There were a number of administrative errors with the course timetable, so I'd flag that as an area for improvement."

...on getting a job:

The positives are that it has a really good careers service and links to London firms. It was fine; it did the job.”

Chambers says...

There are fewer students at Bloomsbury who have City training contracts, and the campus hosts the BPTC, so baby barristers rub shoulders with a more varied LPC cohort than Moorgate, and the whole place is much less relentlessly corporate. We'll admit that it isn't quite as swish as the City campus, and the standard of administration left some students disappointed, but teaching is up there with the rest of the University of Law. Facilities-wise, there's a four-floor law library, recently updated IT systems, and an on-site courtroom, as well as dedicated careers advisors for pupillage hunters.

London (Moorgate)



LPC fees (2018/19): £16,750 FT, £16,750 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

“The information was accessible and the teaching was good. The only thing is being in London you're very much exposed only to London firms and City firms in particular. If that's not for you then you have to seek out info on other firms from elsewhere.”

I really like it there. The teachers are fab and supportive. I didn't enjoy the distance learning part during the first month – it's much harder doing everything by email, but that was the only downside. The teaching, seminars and pace of the course were all good.”

“I found the LPC somewhat poorly organised; they changed the course the year we were doing it and there was a lack of information on the changes being made.”

"Multiple times they had to come in after exams had started and get us to cross questions out or rearrange points."

"The exams where very squashed together: I had about ten exams in the space of a week."

...on the facilities:

The facilities and location were great. Most of the teachers were really good and I couldn't fault them – they know their stuff. Others were newer and a bit more tied to the structure of the course they'd been set, whereas the better ones took the structure and manipulated it to make it more interesting.”

Generally speaking I was happy. Maybe they could have had more computers in the library; we did a lot of work on-site so that was a bit of an issue but mostly it was fine.”

I liked the teaching. The building and the facilities were good.”

"It was very professional and well run."

Chambers says...

It may be smaller than Bloomsbury, but Moorgate is slicker and attracts the lion's share of students looking to work in the City. You'll be right in the City's beating heart, a stone's throw from potential employers and clients, and surrounded by high-class eateries and watering holes. Classes are slightly larger than at other study centres, which can make the course feel like an impersonal box-ticking exercise at times, and there have been a few well-publicised issues with releasing exam results in the past.

Manchester



LPC fees (2018/19): £12,300 FT, £12,300 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

The University of Law in Manchester was great for building the practical skills you'll need. The tutors really question you to make sure you've got a full grasp of what you're covering. They are really good at giving advice too and I got involved in pro bono work, which helped. There are plenty of opportunities to do pro bono.”

ULaw Manchester has a really good reputation, and after studying there I can understand why. Those running the course really know their stuff and set you up with many of the essential skills you'll realistically need when you begin practising.”

“It's a lot better than a degree as you get to understand the practical aspects of being a solicitor. The tutors were really good, but the exams were scheduled a bit too close together.”

"I particularly liked the open book format because it felt like I had to engage in the substance of the work rather than just memorise a few talking points."

"They were terrible with assignments: if you were given something to take away and complete it would be full of spelling mistakes."

"The lecturers are all former lawyers from different backgrounds and different types of firms."

...on the facilities:

I thought it was really good. I liked the facilities and the careers team were good. I was really impressed and I liked the interactive features of it.”

Chambers says...

Manchester is one of the newer branches of the UK's oldest legal training provider, so it should be no surprise that its facilities are shiny and new. Despite this, we did hear complaints in the past about a lack of space and catering facilities, but after some adjustments these grumbles are no longer applicable. We also hear that staff are willing to share experiences of practice. The verdict? “Everything down to the tea they offer was so well organised!”

Reading



LPC fees (2018/19): £13,150 FT, £13,150 PT (both years)

Chambers says...

Since 2017 the University of Law has teamed up with the University of Reading to provide the GDL and LPC on Reading's London Road Campus. As in Exeter and Liverpool students have access to ULaw's careers and pro bono provisions. We haven't heard any feedback from graduates of the LPC at Reading, Liverpool or Exeter yet, but we'll keep our ear to the ground.

University of Law

Braboeuf Manor,
St Catherines,
Guildford,
GU3 1HA
Website www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate

  • Contact 
  • Freephone 0800 289997
  • International +44 1483 216000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • GDL & LPC full-time 
  • Apply to: Central Applications Board
  • www.lawcabs.ac.uk
  • GDL & LPC part-time & online 
  • Apply to: The University of Law
  • www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • BPTC full & part-time 
  • Apply to: Bar Student Application Service
  • www.barsas.com
  • Online LLMs and MSc 
  • Apply to: The University of Law
  • www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • Locations 
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate), Manchester, Reading 

University profile



The University of Law is the UK’s longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training in the UK. Our expert employability service gives students access to work experience, pro bono opportunities and legal vacancies as soon as they accept their place. The result is excellent employability statistics: 97% of our full-time 2016/17 and accelerated 2016/17 LPC students graduating in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course. In 2017, we were awarded a gold ranking in the government-led Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our undergraduate students, making us one of the highest quality providers of higher education in the UK.

Graduate Diploma in Law (full-time/part-time/online)



Our unique modular GDL spreads the workload for a better paced approach. Unlike linear GDL courses, our modular course structure is spread over two semesters, so you can ‘bank’ some exams in the first semester, therefore reducing any excessive end of course assessment burden. With a range of study options to suit you, including online (i-GDL), you can now study full-time over 12 months or part-time over 21 months.

MA Law (full-time)



Our MA Law course is designed for non-law graduates to gain a legal qualification at Master’s level. An internationally recognised qualification, it is ideal if you’re considering a career path in or outside of the legal sector. We now offer part-time and online (i-MA Law) options over 12 months or 21 months. MA Law students may also be eligible for a postgraduate loan.

Legal Practice Course (full-time/part-time/online)



Our career-focused LPC will prepare you for life as a solicitor. Improve your career prospects by learning the essential professional skills that legal employers are looking for. At no extra cost, you can gain an MSc in Law, Business and Management or an LLM in Professional Legal Practice. LPC Master’s Degree students may also be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. We offer a range of study options to suit you, including online (i-LLM LPC), full-time over 11 months or part-time over 22 months.

With a clear focus on your employability, we can offer our LPC Employment Promise. Get a job in nine months or receive 50% of your fees as cashback plus 50% of your fees as credit towards any further courses.*

Bar Professional Training Course (full-time/part-time)



Our BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You’ll get to study in small groups, with plenty of opportunities to test your advocacy skills. With our BPTC LLM you can gain additional practical experience representing real clients in courts and tribunals. Master’s degree students may also be eligible for postgraduate funding.

LLM Legal Practice (conflict resolution) (full-time/online) and LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) (online)



English law plays an important role in various areas of business. We offer a range of Master of Laws (LLM) programmes enabling you to specialise in a particular area of the law. LLM students may also be eligible for postgraduate funding.

MSc Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance - MSc Law and Financial Crime Compliance (online)



Build on your ICA Professional Diploma expertise and develop your compliance or wealth management knowledge with our career enhancing Master’s programmes.

Events



 We run events of all types, including open days, law fairs and insight days, as well as Lawyers Den, Barrister Insight Days and our annual National Law Fair. Check them out at law.ac.uk/events/postgraduate

*Terms and conditions apply. Visit law.ac.uk/promise for more information.

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