Just a minute’s walk from the beach, Swansea University is a great place to study if you like to be by the seaside. As it’s a single-site campus, “you get a great sense of being part of a community”, one student tells us. Another insider reports that the LPC at Swansea is “a very good course overall which I enjoyed”.
Teaching quality “varies considerably between different lecturers”. For the most part, “the teaching and effort staff put in” is “excellent and welcomed”. However, there are accusations that a few members of staff “only care about their weekend”. More Swansea LPCers praise their tutors than not, though: “In my experience all staff have quickly responded to any queries and are easily contactable,” another tells us. And there’s apparently “one incredible lecturer”.
Electives are geared towards private client practice. Swansea is “set up for high street practitioners and the electives clearly demonstrate this”, an LPCer tells us. There is one advanced commercial law elective, but the rest include personal injury, clinical negligence, business leases, advanced criminal practice, employment, family and child law.
The compulsory modules are “all taught well” too, and the mix of large and small group sessions creates “a brilliant formula for learning”. The smaller classes take the form of transactional workshops that are supposed to mimic the work of a typical trainee solicitor. Teaching activities involve acting for fictional clients as a way to prepare LPCers for future practice. But be prepared for “copious amounts of useless print-offs”.
LPCers can put their new practical knowledge to the test. There’s “many work experience opportunities in a wide variety of areas of law”, which one student says “range from high street firms to the Welsh Assembly Legal Services Department”. But the careers service doesn’t always get a good rep: “They gave me print outs from Target Jobs when I asked for help”. Practitioners from law firms do visit the campus regularly to interact with LPCers, but the school’s connections are very much local.
The social life is a highlight. An LPC insider tells us it’s “good fun with good people”, adding that Swansea attracts “nice applicants”. The Swansea campus is known to have a friendly study culture, and students make friends quickly “because you will find you always see the same people around campus”. During the summer, you’ll find students enjoying BBQs on the beach and lighting campfires.