The Legal Cheek View
Sandwiched between Birmingham and Nottingham, De Montfort University is in the smaller city of Leicester. DMU’s distinctive feature is its career service – LPC students are all encouraged to obtain two weeks of work experience with solicitors in the region.
In terms of teaching, most of the tutors are “excellent”. The rest “may have been good solicitors but had zero teaching skills”, says one LPC insider. Some part timers in particular have felt they received “very little support” compared to others: “As a mature student I was, along with the group, still treated by some tutors with patronizing sarcasm and even downright hostility as if we were all overawed 18 year olds,” one recent graduate tells us. Others have been “impressed” by the tutors’ “standards of tuition” which are “very good”.
The LPC itself is “really well structured” at DMU, and “thoughtfully devised”. It’s particularly good for students who also work full time: “The open learning LPC was ideal for me as I was working full time. The structure of the course allows you to plan your study time around your other commitments”, which feels like a “great bonus”. Similarly, “it fitted neatly around my part time job”. Tuition sessions take place twice a week and help LPCers “keep the momentum going”. They’re also a “great opportunity to meet up with other students”. Attendance at live lectures isn’t compulsory, but they’re there.