Unveiling the Legal Cheek Law School Most Lists

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Every single GDL, LPC and BPTC course in England and Wales — reviewed

Following the success of the Firms Most List and the Chambers Most List, Legal Cheek can now unveil its brand new Law School Most Lists.

There is one for each of the GDL, LPC and BPTC, and between them they contain unique The Legal Cheek View profiles for the over 100 vocational law courses offered by the various providers across England and Wales.

Peruse the GDL Most List 2017-18

In addition, there is a full breakdown of fees, course sizes, entry requirements, scholarship information and more.

The new Law School Most Lists and accompanying profiles is the first coordinated project to bring together GDL, LPC and BPTC provider data with independent analysis about the courses.

Peruse the LPC Most List 2017-18

It follows Legal Cheek’s survey of over 1,000 GDL, LPC and BPTC students in which we asked them about all aspects of the courses — including quality of teaching, materials, standard of facilities, careers service, social life and value for money. In the process we received hundreds of insightful comments, some of which we have included in our write-ups (anonymously, of course).

Peruse the BPTC Most List 2017-18

With roll-out set for 2020, the new solicitor super-exam is set to fundamentally shake up legal education, increasing — it is hoped — the choice on offer for those seeking to qualify as lawyers. So we’ll be building on our law school lists and profiles further to give students the most comprehensive picture possible about exactly what they are signing up for at this time of great change in legal education.

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A trainee

By listing the number of LPC (and I assume BPTC – call me out if I’m wrong) places you are perpetuating the big issue here: students who aren’t good enough to get a properly paid TC/pupillage.

Anyone with even half a chance of getting a job doesn’t need to worry about getting onto the LPC/BPTC – they’ll take anyone who can pay. Number of places is irrelevant.

You should be campaigning against these institutions ripping off students to provide next to nothing. If I hadn’t been sponsored for my LPC the incompetence/negligence of UoL would have driven me insane. A resource for collating complaints and putting them to the regulator would be more appropriate. The proposed comparison suggests that the unis are decent outfits competing against each other to provide a good service.

Maybe I’ve missed something. Maybe you are listing them show that there’s too many. Apologies if that’s the case, burn it’s not obvious.

Do you receive any payment from these universities? This should be made clear.



You need to chill, broseph.

In times of stress, bench press.



Caveat emptor! People signing up for GDL/LPC/BPTC are grown ups who can make their own stupid decisions.

The real complaint should be the structure of the BPTC which has pushed the fees so high. Maybe the Inns own attempts to provide the necessary training will do better. Members of the profession should be applying pressure on ‘Future Bar Training’ to sort this mess out.


Another trainee

I do think that the disparity in law school places and training contract/pupillage numbers is problematic, but can’t agree that listing the number of places is “perpetuating” this issue. Perhaps I’m overly optimistic, but I do feel that it’s well accepted that there’s no competitive element to getting onto one of these courses, and that they accept anyone willing to cough up the fees. When it comes to coughing up those fees, the number of places is absolutely a relevant factor. I’d be interested to know the size of my cohort, and more importantly, get a sense of the size of the pool of candidates I might be competing against for any scholarships available.

I am (genuinely, not passive-aggressively) curious as to why you’ve made the distinction of a “properly paid” TC/pupillage. I earn nothing like my city peers and had to self-fund my LPC, because I have chosen to pursue a more niche area of law where purse strings are tighter. But that doesn’t mean that I need the LPC any less. While it remains a necessary step to qualification for most, the more information out there about competing providers, the better.



But I want to know which are the best and worst.

The difference of a few grand doesn’t bother me.

These qualifications aren’t something I would pay for outright, with bad loan, or at all for that matter.



Lol – list of private equity funds running sham courses for extortionate fees! Can’t wait till BPTC is abolished!



I don’t think that someone like Alex who failed to get a pupillage or training contract is best placed to judge the quality of law schools.



I am not a friend or family member nor Alex before you slag me off.

You are wrong. He is well placed to observe on the standard and rankings of providers. He is not well placed in advising how to secure the pupillage or training contract a person requires to progress from their university.



Let’s all agree on this: “He is not well placed in advising how to secure the pupillage or training contract a person requires to progress from their university”. Unfortunately LC aimlessly posts a lot on this too.



While Alex deserves some credit for setting up LC, I reckon he isn’t a good person to dish out law school or career advice. The two are connected. If he didn’t manage to get a TC/pupillage he probably didn’t fully grasp law school.



Presumably the only As he got at Law school were his initials



Ganging up on Alex day is it lads?

You’re well tough.



Sorry Tom


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