Cardiff University (BTC)
The Legal Cheek View
The Cardiff Law School (CLS) has delivered the BTC since its launch in 1997. Its good reputation is linked to the fact that it’s attached to a Russell Group university and has a high tutor-to-student ratio.
BTCers report a “friendly support network inclusive of both tutors and students throughout the year”. Lecturers provide “good notes” and individual feedback regularly, steering students in the right direction. It’s “good to have different lecturers to provide feedback” too, “as all of them have different opinions”. The only downside is that this “can be a bit confusing because all of them have different styles” and there’s no one way to practice advocacy.
A distinctive perk of doing the BTC at CLS is that students are guaranteed a two-week work placement. Placements include mini-pupillages with a local chambers or marshalling with a local circuit judge. This is a fantastic opportunity for BTCers to meet members of the local bar, and to start forging contacts. Students get to “observe what they learn being put into practice”, explains one BTCer. Another reports: “I was persuaded [to come here] by the close links to the local Bar, as it was my desire to obtain pupillage with local chambers”.