Studying the LPC within a wider university environment has its perks: Manchester Metropolitan University is “a place of learning before profit, which not only means it’s cheaper but it enhances the atmosphere”. Its law school is competitively priced, and if you’ve done either a LLB or GDL at MMU you get a discount.
The LPC at MMU is “challenging”, but the tutors are “extremely supportive”. To the extent that one LPCer tells us that they “felt the classes were spoon fed like a Year 3 comprehension task”. Perhaps some are over-supportive. But other students have noted that the “tutors inspire you” to work hard and their guidance “helps you to be successful”. The smaller cohort means personal tutor attention.
Full-time students get two days of face-to-face teaching a week; part timers only get one. Indeed, one LPCer questions what value this gives for their money: “200 quid a week for two six-hour days”. The law school relies on supplementary online teaching methods, or what it calls “electronic learning”. While this allows for more flexibility, you’ll have to be quite self-disciplined, making sure you actually do the online work and prepare for tutorials. And since there’s only two teaching days a week, be strict with your attendance and make the most of the opportunity.
Overall, the law school facilities are pretty good, but there are some complaints. One student thinks the classrooms are “tiny” and “roasting”, with “little room for all the materials”. Those who need more room to feel comfortable can sprawl out in the postgrad study areas, as well as the exclusive LPC study suite. You can also make good use of the specialist legal libraries around campus.
Although some students experience “schedule clashing”, the choice of electives at MMU is decent. There’s a fair balance between commercial law electives, which include corporate practice, property and litigation, and private client electives, including personal injury litigation, family, immigration and employment law. Advanced criminal litigation and media and entertainment law are also on the menu. LPCers are generally happy with how well the electives prepare them for legal practice: “I think that I will be in a good position to find a job as a solicitor,” one says.
To this effect, the careers service send “regular emails re vacancies”. Students do note there could be more by way of help with interview preparation and assistance with training contract applications, of which there’s “little”. But the key seems to be to keep your eyes peeled for opportunities – MMU offers a practitioner mentor scheme, for example.
There’s also events to look out for: “Many different legal professionals come in to speak to us”. As a result of one of the law fairs, one LPCer says they were “able to secure two work experience positions”. Networking really does go a long way.
For those seeking vacation schemes, there are ever greater opportunities to do so in Manchester itself. In recent years, there’s been a steady inflow of national and international law firms expanding in the city, including Eversheds Sutherland, DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard.