Leeds Beckett University (LPC)

The Legal Cheek View

With its own courtroom and 24-hour library, Leeds Beckett University offers one of the cheaper LPCs in the country. Currently at around £9,515 for the year, it’s almost half the average LPC price tag in London.

LPCers describe the law school as “a good provider”. Tutors offer “a lot of support”. One of the “downsides is that you don’t get as much exposure to law firms”, even though there’s plenty of firms in Leeds. Still, the law school has turned students into practicing solicitors: “I’m now a solicitor specialising in conveyancing”. So you’ll get there with a bit of hard work (and a bit of luck).

The law school offers all the usual LPC electives such as commercial law, family and employment law. It also has more unusual choices, such as mental health law as an entire elective. For the wannabe transactional lawyer, there’s a whole elective dedicated to private acquisitions, as well as commercial leases and dispute resolution. “I was taught by solicitors who gave me a true insight into legal practice,” says one LPC student.

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The careers service runs a mentoring scheme that pairs LPC students with a professional from the local legal community. This saves law students a lot of stress when trying to balance looking for work experience, applying for training contracts and trying to pass the LPC exams. Be sure to get involved in the pro bono clinic, and keep an eye out for networking events.

Located on the Portland Campus, the Leeds Beckett law school is near the city’s legal quarter. DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland, Weightmans and Irwin Mitchell all have offices nearby. Some say Leeds is the most important legal hub outside London.

Key Info

Full time fees £9,515
Part time fees £4,757
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 55
Part time places 50
Exam format Open book