If you’ve always romanticised about cycling to law school down cobbled streets alongside quaint bakeries and picturesque buildings, then studying the LPC at BPP’s Cambridge campus could be the ticket.
The course is delivered from BPP’s city centre base, via a mixture of online lectures (which can be watched from home) and face-to-face tutor time during SGSs (small group sessions) to consolidate learning. With some exceptions, the teaching is “thorough and enthusiastic!” For the most part tutors at BPP Cambridge are “great”. Part-timers are also relatively happy: “Some tutors were fantastic and very helpful and accessible to us considering we were part-time Saturday students mostly working full time during the week,” one tells us.
When it comes to course materials, students say that the LPC is probably more “worth it if studying full time” as you’ll “get access to a lot more of the materials and benefits”. The materials for most modules have “in depth chapters to read” and cover “a lot of material”.
While some online lectures reportedly seem to be “from circa 2007”, the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is “alright”. All lectures, reading and seminar materials are uploaded onto the VLE, which will be your go-to learning resource, as well as revision lectures closer to exam time.
On the surface, the choices of electives are the same as on any BPP menu. However, one student reports that “many electives couldn’t actually be chosen at the Cambridge location”. Scheduling the electives have been an issue for some, with “electives running at the same time meaning you had to pick which to attend. “I would have changed modules to avoid the unexpected clash but was unable to!” one recent graduate told us. So as a heads up – check which electives are available before you enrol, and make sure that they don’t clash.
Class members are “great” and insiders say “we bonded amongst ourselves”. Students hang out in the student lounge where there’s a TV, pool tables and an on-site café. That said, “it would be nice to have some sort of part-time student events though”. Cambridge does of course offer a lively social life in the wider student city.
If you haven’t yet secured a training contract, note that the substantial course fees can weigh heavily on students – especially in a city with one of the highest costs of living in the UK. But if you can secure some form of sponsorship Cambridge is no doubt one of the nicest places to do the LPC in the country.