Birmingham’s student life is as good as London’s – just without the capital’s hefty price tags. It’s a “good location for going out,” say BPP Birmingham’s LPC students. With BPP’s campus located in the city centre, you’ll be able to surf its social waves too. That said, it’s unlikely you’ll have much free time beyond the law books once you start the LPC grind.
The LPC is “hard work” at BPP: “I didn’t realise quite how much work there would be!” one recent graduate tells us. The key to passing the course is planning ahead: “I had five two-hour seminars to prepare for each week, as well as other formative assignments and mock assessment revision on top of that,” another adds. As one LPC student warns, “full preparation is crucial for getting everything out of each seminar”.
Time management is everything if you also want to fit in pro bono work, a part-time job and applying for training contracts. Luckily, the “smaller classes” at the Birmingham campus mean plenty of tutor face time and support. The tutors are “always on hand to help” and “just an email” away.
On the whole the choice of electives is a traditional affair and uniform across all BPP centres. Be mindful that the LPC at BPP is geared towards corporate legal careers, with a strong emphasis on business skills and “professionalism”. While there are family, immigration law and personal injury electives on offer, finance and commercial topics constitute the overwhelming majority. If you already have a training contract at a commercially-focused law firm, it’s likely you’ll be required to choose the “standard City” electives anyway.
Birmingham boasts a heavy concentration of law firms: DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland and Pinsent Masons all have offices nearby. If you’re thinking of securing a vacation scheme or training contract at a top law firm, you don’t have to go to London to find one.
Closer to the city centre than the University of Birmingham, the BBP campus is in the thick of student life. There’s annual jazz, film, poetry and literature festivals for culture addicts to go to. Wrapped in gold aluminium circles, the new high-tech library is architecturally impressive and worth a few visits. The Custard Factory by the River Rea is known as Brum’s creative quarter. And if you get bored of the city centre, the suburbs are packed with pubs and Victorian gems just a bus ride away.