The University of Law, Leeds (Bar Practice Course)

The Legal Cheek View

Debuting the BPC in 2016, ULaw Leeds is a new competitor in the postgrad bar training market. To get a place on the course, prospective students have to pass the ULaw-specific assessment day. Many students like the selection process (if they’ve been accepted) since it suggests that their coursemates will also be high achievers.

Our BPC spies tell us that there are “excellent tutors” at ULaw Leeds. Note that currently there’s only two of them — one is responsible for civil, the other for criminal subjects. Professional ethics is taught by both. Therefore, the student cohort is very small, and group workshops have no more than 12 students each. In a recent Bar Standards Board report, ULaw students say that having plenty of contact time in “small groups” pushes them more than if they were “anonymous in a big lecture hall”.

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Students benefit from ULaw’s wider Leeds facilities, sharing a seven-storey glass-fronted building with GDLers and LPCers. It features a rooftop terrace, which looks out on a stretch of the city skyline. There are also a number of law school-wide initiatives designed to help students manage stress, including a ‘wellbeing week’ and “cosmetic pampering, dog cuddling and meditation sessions”.

With pupillage in mind, it’s worth noting that Leeds is home to a lively legal scene with many chambers as well as law firms. Leading sets in the city include Kings Chambers, Zenith Chambers, St Pauls, Exchange and Park Square, among a host of others. ULaw’s highly rated employability team is good at facilitating introductions.

Scholarships

The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award

Scholarship value £1,000
Application info Students must be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less and obtain a minimum of a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent); over 100 awards are available

Choose Law Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info Available for courses starting in September 2020 and January 2021

Career Changer Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee and partial-fee
Application info To support those whose careers have been impacted by COVID-19 and want to re-train in a career in law, ULaw is offering up to 10 full-fee and 300 partial-fee scholarships (worth up to £2,000)

Set for Success Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info To be eligible for this award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree, or international equivalent. Students who are not awarded a full-fee scholarship, will automatically be put forward for the runner up award, worth £2,000

Bar Practice Course Awards

Application info To be eligible, students must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least an Upper Second Class degree or international equivalent

Inns of Court scholarships

Application info The Inns of Court offer scholarships and financial awards to aspiring barristers

Key Info

Full time fees £11,750
Part time fees £5,875
Entry requirements 2:1
Full time places 36
Part time places n/a
Contact time 12 hrs/wk

ULaw also offers a BPC LLM, which is priced at £14,450. Entry onto the BPC is subject to candidates passing the Bar Course Aptitude Test and ULaw’s selection interview. All prices include Bar Standards Board (BSB) registration fee of £585.

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