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.

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As a result, most graduates go on to work at high street law firms, rather than City outfits. Our LPC spies tell us: “If you want to spend your life working for a high street practice this will be fine”. There’s still a decent range of electives to choose from though, if you still haven’t made any career decisions. Aside from the two commercial law and property electives, there’s also private client, personal injury, clinical negligence, family, employment and immigration law up for grabs.

Birmingham City has also launched a Centre for Brexit Studies, which has committed to “researching all aspects of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation”. You may just be sitting on a commercial awareness goldmine.

Other facilities include two libraries, as well as an LPC-only study room – it should be easy to find a quiet corner to revise in during exam time.

Key Info

Full time fees £9,500
Part time fees £4,750
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 60
Part time places 40
Exam format Open book

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.