The Legal Cheek View
They say Birmingham’s student life is as good as London’s, just without the capital’s hefty price tags. With BPP’s campus located in the heart of the city, you’ll be able to surf its social waves too.
In terms of the teaching, students highlight as a plus “smaller classes” which means more face time with tutors. Feedback is “frequent” but “often lacking in how to improve and achieve the next best grade”. So you might have to ask for something more constructive. Bonus points awarded to the fact that you’ll have online access to the lectures from BPP’s London campus.
Perhaps BPP’s biggest strength is its links with the legal profession. It boasts exclusive training deals with nearly 40 leading law firms, and students who commence the GDL at BPP without a training contract in place often come here because they hope not just to pass the course but to use its careers service to get a foot in the door. In this respect, it helps that the Birmingham location boasts a heavy concentration of law firms: DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland and Pinsent Masons all have offices nearby. If you’re thinking of securing a training contract at a top law firm, you don’t have to go to London to find one.