Nottingham Trent University’s Nottingham Law School has a decent reputation for combining academic rigour with vocational teaching and links to the profession. This dates back to the days when Professor Nigel Savage was at its helm, before he jumped ship to ULaw (then the College of Law) and modernised that institution.
The course itself is “not intellectually demanding” for some LPCers. This “may be a good or bad thing”. It is mainly taught through small group sessions, two days a week. Lectures go live on Fridays, but they’re also recorded so students can listen in their own time. An LPC insider says it a “very thorough course” with “plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience”. While “it can’t replace practical training” at a law firm, it’s still “a strong foundation” for legal practice.
The quality of teaching varies “between outstanding and ‘where the hell is our tutor’?” The “good” lecturers and seminar leaders are a real plus point: “You could tell they cared about making sure we understood it”. Indeed, one of the “perks of being part of a university” is that “you get people actually interested in teaching”. The tutors are “always helpful and accommodating”.
The choice of electives is “reasonable” and “broad”, though some felt it was “weak if you want more corporate/commercial modules”. This doesn’t sound like a particularly common view, though; an LPC insider tells us: “Huge choice and everyone seemed pretty happy with what they were studying”.
The course materials probably help to keep the LPCers happy – they’re “prepared in-house”. They also cover the course well: “Fantastic. Really thorough. I still use them for reference, especially court and land registry forms”. Meanwhile, the online resources offer the “usual stuff’ and there’s “nothing riveting” about them aside from the “strong moodle presence”. However, LPC students cheer that they’re issued “free iPads!”
NLS run an active pro bono clinic. There are “many opportunities, even if you don’t take them up”. Others report that they “only ever saw wack paralegal jobs and high street minimum wage-esque training contracts advertised”. But surely any legal experience is good experience?
Study spaces are “functional and modern (ie open plan)”. But because you are part of a wider university, you might find yourself “fighting for space with the fashion management undergrads”. Note, however, that LPC spies tell us that “postgrad law students had their own separate study area”, which is a “large space with good facilities”.
Students note that the NLS is in a “good location” which is “ideal for student accommodation and socialising”. As an LPC postgrad doing a professional course you’ll still enjoy the social benefits of being part of a wider university. In fact, Nottingham itself is home to over 60,000 students, and the city has one of the youngest populations in Britain. Fun times!
Of course, LPCers moan that the course costs “a huge amount of money”. But an NLS student tells us that “considering the cost of undergrad courses per year and what I actually got out of the LPC, I’d say it was worth it”.