BPP University, Leeds (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

While BPP is a large national institution, students at the Leeds campus benefit “from an enhanced level of personalised contact that a regional centre can offer”, one happy GDL student tells us.

Glass-fronted BPP Leeds is a modern study centre. It’s almost as if it was built in the style of its surrounding law firms in Leeds. Neighbours include DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons, Addleshaw Goddard, Irwin Mitchell, Eversheds Sutherland and Squire Patton Boggs. Such close proximity to a busy legal hub no doubt boosts opportunities to kickstart a legal career.

The careers service enables visits to law firms and organises a mentor scheme: “Leeds were awesome!” in that respect, one student tells us. GDL students also appreciate the “excellent support given by the tutors”. BPP course materials are known to “spoon-feed” what you need to know for your exams, but they’re solid resources. Most students like them: “All materials were free – £400 saved!” Or rather, BPP’s notoriously high tuition fees cover them.

When it’s time to take a break from BPP’s heavy textbooks, you may have to go beyond the campus for a bite to eat: “Crappy café *or happy café* wasn’t great”. Still, the facilities are “better than Holborn”, one insider says. But Leeds isn’t short on new coffee houses, crafty cafés and modern eateries as part of its redevelopment plans, so it’s worth venturing further out.

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The Leeds campus also has a Lord Denning society. Having “paid for all the travel costs”, BPP sent the society members from Leeds to the Supreme Court in London where they enjoyed a “personalised tour” around the highest court in the land. They also got the chance to meet its deputy president, Lord Hope of Craighead, before he retired in 2013, so who knows which legal celebs are on the cards in the future. There are also ski, squash and zumba clubs, and BPP Leeds football team even has its own kit.

With a huge student population, Leeds is a young city. You can really make the most out of your postgrad freedom, before you start the hard lawyer life. Living costs are low, and activities are plentiful. There are free festivals throughout the year, including the colourful Leeds Carnival, which predates Notting Hill’s bonanza. For the night owls, Leeds is said to be the party capital of the north: there are hundreds of bars to discover, and the late-night curry houses are a hit.

Scholarships

Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Scholarship value £8,730

International Bursary - Postgraduate

Scholarship value £1,000

Cohen Excellence Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000

Career Guarantee Scholarship

Scholarship value £2,500

Law School Dean's Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000

Key Info

Full time fees £8,730
Part time fees £4,365
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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