City students say the “excellent teaching”, “good atmosphere” and “passionate teachers” make its LPC course “well worth it”. City incorporates the Inns of Court School of Law which means that there are more than an average number of wannabe barristers floating about.
As you’d expect, the LPC course at City is “very practice focused”. Many of the course materials have “some effort put into them”, but they’re “ultimately designed to mimic what will be in an exam”. The choice of electives is “nothing special”. But the law school does offer all the traditional options.
The teaching is “great” and the tutors are “really passionate and always on hand to help”. They make an effort “to get to know you” and “genuinely care about you and how you are getting on”. It’s “delivered in small groups” and so there’s “a lot of one to one feedback” up for grabs.
The small class-sizes means it’s easier to make friends. A City insider says “you get to know your groups well and others on the course”. Some say they “heard the students at City were livelier and less stuffy than other LPC providers”.
The careers service is disappointing for some: “Not much exposure – not a lot of networking”. But others rate the wider careers focus, with one City student observing that the “teachers kept an eye out for vacancies and forwarded if they thought you were suitable”. Another adds: “Tutors are very much involved and available to help with advice and applications, in addition to the university careers team”.
The are a fair few cross-provider grumbles about the LPC as a whole, so it’s noting that the course has its fans too. As one City graduate told us: “It’s more engaging and interesting than the LLB. After I completed the LLB, I didn’t feel ready to break out into the profession. Now, I feel as though all the gaps in my knowledge have been filled and I feel more confident than ever to practice”.
City is currently in the process of moving to a £30 million law school in Clerkenwell. The impressive new building includes a seven-storey glass tower, plus a four-storey brick building to adjoin it. All City Law School students will be located here when the makeover is complete.