ULaw strikes LPC deal with University of East Anglia

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Exclusive: Tie-up comes despite plans to replace course with SQE in 2021

The University of Law (ULaw) has teamed up with the University of East Anglia (UEA) to deliver the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Legal Cheek can reveal that ULaw’s full-time LPC, along with its LPC LLM and the LPC MSc, will be available at UEA’s Norwich campus from September 2019. The new course offerings, open to all graduates, not just those who have attended UEA, come despite plans to replace both the LPC and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in September 2021.

“The University of Law is delighted to collaborate with the University of East Anglia Law School in providing the LPC to students throughout the region, Professor Andrea Nollent, vice chancellor and CEO at ULaw, said. “We are dedicated to delivering outstanding legal training throughout England and Wales, and working with UEA Law School ensures that those students looking to qualify in law now have greater opportunity to do so.”

The tie-up comes just over a year after ULaw struck a similar deal with the University of Liverpool, which sees the legal education giant teach both the LPC and GDL on the Russell Group uni’s Merseyside campus. It also has on-campus training tie-ups with the University of Reading and the University of Exeter. UEA already offers the GDL, hence why ULaw’s latest deal does not include this element.

And that’s not all: last December, ULaw confirmed plans to open a new teaching centre in Nottingham, along with what it described as a new “tech hub”, offering a range of courses including the LPC. These plans were released just weeks after ULaw also revealed it was launching its first international campus in Hong Kong. Both are due to open later this year.

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Absolute top powerhouse



It is not that bad. I would say a top 15 law school.



The old 1:55am in a nightclub situation as two sets of eyes meet across the dancefloor and both think “you’ll do”.



Genuine question: Given that UEA (and its law school) have been steadily climbing the rankings for the past years, to which law schools is UEA’s law school now comparable to?

Obviously, UEA is nowhere near as good (and will probably never match) institutions such as Oxbridge and London universities such as LSE/UCL/Kings.

Having said this, can UEA be considered a “good/solid” place where to study, or is it still bang average?

Just very curious about the public’s perception of the place as the UK academic scene is known to be very conservative in its judgements.



UEA comes up on the academic credentials of a lot of City lawyers who are at top firms, although I’ve noticed more so on younger professionals; thus showing how the perception of the university has changed.

With this in mind, the university does rival the majority of the Russell Group universities; however I would say that Oxbridge, Durham, Bristol, UCL and King’s are still undoubtedly superior.

They main issue that UEA has is that the name ‘University of East Anglia’ makes it sound like a former polytechnic. In reality it was founded during the 1960s when the other leading ‘new’ universities where started, these including York and Warwick.



Interesting. I would say that judging the quality of the university based on the various rankings can be quite tricky. I remember seeing a post about UEA stating that their law school was as a “top 10 UK law school”.

While this may have been true for that particular ranking at the time, several other rankings were placing the university in the top 15-20 spots.

That would nevertheless be good, the problem is that most people associate UEA with the kind of universities that would make the top 30-50 spots (which I find to be too harsh given that the university seems have been performing very well for a time now).

Is UEA therefore comparable to something like Exeter/Nottingham for law?



UEA has always seemed to hover around the Top 20 spot for most subjects, including law.

I think the reason that UEA is associated as being a mid-tier university is, again, due to the name. It makes it sound far too similar to other mid and bottom tier universities, such as the University of West England, Northumbria University, University of East London etc. Also, given that it’s still a ‘new university’ it is handicapped as it doesn’t have the traditional prestige of Red Brick universities.

It’s a shame, as it’s genuinely a university that’s on the up. If you look at their entry requirements, they are on a par with the majority of Russell Group universities. Most of their courses require upwards of AAB.



UEA is not a ‘new university’. That title is reserved for polytechnics that turned university in the 90s. Aside that point, I agree the general thrust of your comment.

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