Birmingham City University (LPC)
The Legal Cheek View
With a fancy new £46 million campus featuring two mock courtrooms (“a massive improvement” on the old site, one student recalls), it’s impressive that Birmingham City University still offers one of the most affordable LPCs in the country. A distinctive feature is BCU’s ‘Virtual Solicitor’s Office’, an online learning tool that mimics work and life at a mid-sized law firm.
The LPC “is a tough course wherever you go”, and it’s no different at Birmingham City. It may help that “all elements” of the LPC at BCU are taught face-to-face. Teaching is split between live lectures and small group sessions. Students also take part in mock transactions that are supposed to resemble life in practice. LPCers have noted the “good standard of teaching” at BCU: “I am gaining an in-depth knowledge of law”. But “be prepared to work very hard”.
There’s also an active careers service, but you have to hunt for placements. An LPC student tells us: “If pursued, the pro bono opportunities available were extremely beneficial and all students should be encouraged to participate”. BCU runs a mentoring scheme, through which students are buddied up with local lawyers in the region. The scheme is supported by the likes of the Birmingham Law Society, the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society and various local firms.