BPP University, Bristol (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

Arriving at Bristol’s historic Temple Meads train station, which is a ten-minute walk from BPP, you’ll get your first dose of the city’s stunning architecture. Impressive buildings, such as the gothic Bristol Cathedral, Wills Memorial and the 105ft Cabot Tower are the focal points of the city. Most roads have dedicated bike lanes, which makes Bristol “a cyclist’s dream”.

BPP’s Bristol campus is no Bristol Cathedral. It’s not the prettiest, but it is near the waterfront, and surrounded by impressive Georgian houses. It’s just off the Queen Square, a grassy area that “becomes a haven to ice cream vans and dozens of sun worshippers” across the summer months. GDL students also appreciate that it’s “only five minutes away from the next Wetherspoon’s”.

In terms of teaching, in common with many GDL courses seminars are delivered on site but lectures are online. You’ll be learning online from pre-recorded lectures that have been uploaded to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Most students only have to be on site two days a week to attend their tutorials. The tutorial classes “tend to be small”, so it’s “difficult to hide away”. But the upside is that GDL students get “a lot of individual attention” and it’s “easy to get to know everyone”. There’s a real sense of community due to the small cohort, but to get the most out of it make sure you go to your tutorials.

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The Bristol campus is one of BPP’s smallest centres. Due to its size, the school hasn’t got its own pro bono or careers service. But students do receive “regular emails from a careers or pro bono representative” about events. You’ve got to keep an eye out for them if you want to get involved. The Bristol campus does host a mini law fair, a shadowing scheme and various ‘speed-networking events’, including one with the Bristol Junior Lawyers division.

It’s quite handy too that Bristol plays host to a variety of commercial law firms: Burges Salmon, Simmons & Simmons, TLT, Osborne Clarke and Bond Dickinson all have offices nearby. Being the biggest city in the South West means that Bristol has one of the strongest legal hubs outside London. So if you’re looking for a vacation scheme and ultimately a training contract, BPP Bristol could be the ticket. For the future barristers: walk down to the Bristol Bar Society to find out which chambers offer mini-pupillages.

Don’t forget to take a break from application stress, though. Be sure to take advantage of the string of cafés near BPP for a change of study space. Alternatively, take an evening off and head to Park Street, Bristol’s “party mile”.

Scholarships

Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Scholarship value £8,840

International Bursary - Postgraduate

Scholarship value £1,000

Cohen Excellence Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000

Career Guarantee Scholarship

Scholarship value £3,000

Law School Dean's Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000

Key Info

Full time fees £8,840
Part time fees £4,420
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places Undisclosed
Part time places Undisclosed

BPP offers a total of 2,280 GDL places, full and part-time, across its centres nationally; part-time fees are per year.

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