With trendy coffee houses, modern art spaces and craft beer joints, Leeds is sometimes referred to as the ‘London of the North’. Whitehall Quay, where BBP’s LPC is delivered in Leeds, is a modern study centre that fits this billing.
Indeed, the building blends in with the 200 or so law firms around the Yorkshire city. Leeds is a hub of major legal firms, which means vacation scheme opportunities on your doorstep. Among them are DLA Piper, Irwin Mitchell and Eversheds Sutherland. Location as a whole is a big draw: “The train station, solicitors’ firms, barristers’ chambers, the city centre and numerous shops and eateries are all located within a short five minute walk of BPP Leeds,” one student reports.
While BPP is a large national institution, students at the Leeds campus benefit “from an enhanced level of personalised contact that a regional centre can offer”. All in all, students are happy with their postgrad legal training: “The quality of teaching has surpassed my expectations”. LPC insiders say the tutors are supportive and responsive: “Anything you want to know you simply ask any of your tutors and you have it”. The “experienced” tutors, who “inspire students” are “passionate about their subjects”. It’s important to find the motivation to chew through what can be very dry LPC course material.
Known for its focus on business skills and practical teaching, BPP has an active careers service. The Leeds campus is no different: there’s “a different careers session, event or presentation almost every day”. There are also plenty of pro bono initiatives to sign up to: “I found that in the first few weeks at BPP, I had more interaction with careers than I had in three years combined during my first degree”. But of course, you need to be proactive about seeking careers-themed opportunities and keep a close eye on BPP newsletters and emails to take part.
The Leeds campus also has a Lord Denning society. Having “paid for all the travel costs”, BPP sent the society members from Leeds to the Supreme Court in London where they enjoyed a “personalised tour” around the highest court in the land. There are also ski, squash and zumba clubs, and BPP Leeds football team even has its own kit.
With a massive student population and more than 80 festivals every year, Leeds is a fun city where you can make the most out of your postgrad experience before you start the hard law firm life. Living costs are low (some say lower than Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield). There’s lots of museums and art galleries, many with free entry.
Known for its nightlife in particular, the northern city has much-loved underground clubs such as Hifi and Wire. For more relaxed drinks post-LPC exams, head to the bars along Merrion Street. But if you’d rather take a break in natural beauty, Leeds is sandwiched between the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.