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”.

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Most students go on to work at high street rather than larger commercial firms. The LPC course isn’t tailored to City work: “The teaching was good, but the compulsory modules were more tailored to high street firms”. The optional electives have more scope for commercial topic areas: both commercial litigation and mergers and acquisitions are up for grabs. However, students might want to consider that Welsh trainee salaries are some of the lowest in the UK. So if you’re a budding commercial lawyer, moving to London is an idea.

That said, Eversheds Sutherland as well as Slater and Gordon both have offices nearby. The Cardiff law school also has a work experience programme, which is open to all LPC students with no training contract lined up. And even if you leave the LPC without one, students say that at least they’ve “made friends for life on the course”.

You can also take advantage of being in the heart of the city. Milgi Lounge, with its heated garden kitsch and indoor décor, is a popular student spot for a hearty lunch. But there are plenty of other spots to explore in a city of 360,000.

Key Info

Full time fees £11,485
Part time fees £6,083
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 180
Part time places 40
Exam format Open book

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.