The Legal Cheek View
Debuting the BPTC 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 BPTC 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”.