Anglia Ruskin University has a campus in Cambridge, among the city’s historic courts and colleges. The law school teaches, among other courses, the LPC, on which one student describes a “brilliant atmosphere”.
Anglia Ruskin is a much smaller LPC provider. LPCers note that this offer “a much more hands-on learning experience”. In smaller classes, “any problems with a particular topic can be resolved as they arise”, which can enhance your understanding of some of the trickier parts of the LPC.
That might come in handy, as it’s a “fast paced” course, which can be “slightly daunting” at first. Fear not though, as there are reports of “good rapport” between LPCers and staff. Students say this helps you “to keep going when the workload gets tough”, and the tutors make it “manageable”. The course is said to be “well organised”, which helps too, and the work is “spread sensibly across the year”.
On top of the LPC teaching, Anglia Ruskin offers practical training. Workshops include learning about billing, file management, negotiation, and the elusive skill every trainee needs to possess: commercial awareness. There’s no added pressure as these courses are non-assessed.
There’s a range of electives on offer, though they’re probably not for the commercially-minded. There’s little choice beyond the commercial dispute resolution elective, so if your heart is set on a City training contract, you may wish to look elsewhere. Generally LPC graduates stay in and around Cambridge, especially as most of the school’s links are with local firms. If that’s you, then you may be interested in the private client, child care, family, employment and insolvency law electives on offer.
Course materials include useful online resources. LPCers make use of the Virtual Learning Environment, which includes ‘i-lectures’, multiple choice consolidation quizzes, and workshop materials. Students also have access to a well-stocked online library, accessible off-campus.
Cambridge is of course a great place to be a student. It’s compact: you can get pretty much anywhere on foot or bicycle. Exploring the historic city and meandering round its medieval streets is a student delight in itself. There are plenty of places to stop by, including bookshops, cafés, craft markets, quaint bridges and churches. For greener spaces, head to the Botanic Gardens, Midsummer Common or Parker’s Piece. Dreamy!
Fun fact: The youngest woman in the UK ever to be sworn in as a judge did her degree and LPC at Anglia Ruskin.