De Montfort University (LPC)

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.

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There’s a “heavy use of e-learning” at DMU, which students find “extremely helpful”. But the more tech-savvy may not be as impressed with the online learning tools: “Primitive IT no cloud had to use memory sticks”. You may have to dig out ye olde USB sticks from the year 2000.

The choice of electives makes up for it. There’s lots of topics that you’d expect to see on an LPC course, such as commercial law, commercial litigation and property, as well as family, employment and personal injury. But there are also lesser spotted electives, such as child law and sport and media law.

LPCers also tell us that Leicester is a “great place to be”. LPCers have their own library and common room on campus. Take advantage of De Montfort’s Students’ Union, which organises nights out, free live music and film screenings. A busier social life is one of the perks of studying the LPC at a university with a wider student community. Indeed, DMU has over 120 societies to choose from.

Key Info

Full time fees £10,250
Part time fees £5,125
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 80
Part time places 80
Exam format Open book

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.