Cardiff University (LPC)
The Legal Cheek View
Port city and Welsh capital, Cardiff is a cheap and cheerful city for students. Its Russell Group university, located opposite the Welsh Government buildings, offers the LPC. Our spies tell us that they recommend the Cardiff course for its fantastic “teaching”, “location” and “pro bono” opportunities.
Students appreciate that “you get a good level of contact from the teachers”. There’s “a lot of face-to-face teaching”, confirms another LPCer. Life as an LPC student at Cardiff is “a very supportive one”. This is helped by the fact that “only a small number of students are taken on every year”, and so the tutorial groups are cosy.
Preparation for legal practice may feel a little basic. “I found it really difficult after working as a paralegal. It felt like I was ticking boxes and the fact it cost me 12k didn’t help,” one student tells us. Unfortunately for the more experienced, the LPC is a necessary means to an end, and rarely comes cheap. But it’s not all doom and gloom: “Now that I’m doing a training contract, what I did learn has help me practically, as much as I hate to say it,” a recent graduate confides. Cardiff not only ensures that you’re well “equipped for examinations, but that you are prepared for that first, daunting day as a trainee solicitor”.