While some firms require their trainees to do the LPC at a specific institution, the majority do not. Nonetheless, choosing the right institution is important. It can shape your future career prospects and certain locations can really work in your favour.
This page provides you a guide to where to study the LPC in the UK featuring the following options: London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol, with LPC providers, top law firms and things to do in each location.
London is amongst the most attractive locations to study the LPC in the UK. Being the capital city of the UK, it is home to major corporate law firms, such as Clifford Chance, Linklaters, and Allen & Overy, suitable for those aspiring to become a commercial solicitor. Studying in London, there are countless opportunities to gain legal work experience (i.e. vacation schemes), and attend law fairs and conferences, which provide you networking opportunities to kick-start your career.
Getting around London is convenient and easy, as there are all forms of public transport including buses, the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Trams and the public cycle hire scheme. However, the London Underground often gets extremely busy, especially during the rush hour. More importantly, London can be expensive, both in terms of course fees and living costs.
The most affordable LPC providers in the city are London Metropolitan University, the University of West London and the University of Westminster. Other excellent providers are City University London, BPP University and the University of Law. Course fees for the LPC range from £10,950 to £16,765.
If you are a ‘home’ student wishing to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan for up to £10,906, you must apply for the LPC with LLM. The masters’ qualification will give you an additional 30 course credits (totalling 180 credits), enabling you to apply for a postgraduate loan. Depending on the provider, the LLM is usually at no extra cost. As an international student, you’ll be facing higher course fees. Take a look at our LPC comparison table for more information on how much you’ll need to pay.
Birmingham is located in the heart of England in the West Midlands, between London and Manchester. Despite being the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham has more of a small-town feel and it is relatively affordable. The city also has a strong sense of art and culture and sturdy transport links, which include railway services and the West Midlands Metro tram.
While there are only three providers in Birmingham – Birmingham City University, BPP University and The University of Law, the course fees here are amongst the cheapest in the UK, ranging from £9,500 to £13,165. In addition, all three providers share strong connections to local law firms and charitable organisations, providing you the opportunity to get involved in pro bono projects alongside your LPC.
Some of the top law firms in Birmingham are Eversheds Sutherland, Pinsent Masons and DWF. Other independent firms include Anthony Collins and Browne Jacobson, both of which are top-ranked, claimant-only law firms. You might also be pleased to find that the level of competition for getting a vacation scheme offer is a lot less competitive here compared to in London, so all in all, it’s a great LPC UK location.
If you are looking to discover Birmingham during your study breaks, you can take a canal boat tour around the city, step into the city’s Chinese Quarter where Chinatown is, or visit the Cadbury World.
LPC providers in Manchester are Manchester Metropolitan University, BPP University and The University of Law, with course fees ranging from £11,500 to £12,315. The low cost of living also makes Manchester a great place to study the LPC.
There’s plenty to do in the city. Are you a lover of the iconic TV series Friends? Looking to taste a real-life experience of Central Perk? Lucky for you, there is one located in Primark in Manchester. The city is based in the northwest of England with lots to do when you’re not studying – you can visit the Media City for a BBC tour of Coronation Street The Tour, or watch a football match in Old Trafford or Etihad stadium. What’s more, the Northern Quarter is known to be the best for nightlife, you will also find cheap ethnic supermarkets around the city.
On average, Manchester has a higher rate of snowfall compared to other cities in England, but you might be pleased to know that the Manchester Christmas Market was revealed as the ‘best’ in the UK for 2019.
Bristol is the best known for its beautiful landscape, iconic suspension bridge and street art culture. The city is also steeped in history, as it played an important role in England’s maritime trade. So, if you are a fan of art, history and culture, Bristol might be right for you.
Being the largest city in the south west of England, it has attracted some major law firms, such as Burges Salmon, Irwin Mitchell and RPC to set up in Bristol. These firms offer a variety of practising areas, ranging from personal injury to corporate real estate. They also offer LPC sponsorships.
Similar to Birmingham and Manchester, there are only three LPC providers in Bristol. These are BPP University, The University of Law and Bristol Law School at UWE, with course fees ranging from £12,500 to £13,165.
the downside of Bristol is you might have to make an effort to look for student accommodation, as they are not always easy to find. People have also rated Bristol poorly for its public transport services, which include local train and bus services.
Words: Wing Shuen Ng
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