The Legal Cheek View
Located in the heart of Newcastle, Northumbria University houses the largest law school in North East England. Students note that the LPC is “really well organised” – Northumbria has “clearly done it for a while”. Another adds: “The practical focus of the course helps you understand and begin to discover what life will be like as a trainee solicitor rather than being a purely academic course.”
At the same time, the lecturers are “there to help you develop, not just make it onto a training contract”. For the most part, the teachers at Northumbria “are very good”. But “others are not”. Some lecturers are “more interested in their own research”. One student felt that “you were mocked if you gave the wrong answer. Pretty sure they thought they were a red-brick uni”. So the quality of lecturing is a bit of a mixed bag.
On the flip side, many LPCers agree that the tutors are “very switched-on”. They provide lots of much needed guidance on the LPC: “You know what you need to do, and they point you in the right direction”. The “forward-thinking” tutors still make it “a really good course”: “The teachers are former practicing lawyers and bring the course to life”. Indeed, “they made everything easier”.