The University of Law, Guildford (LPC)

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Students recommend the Guildford law school for two main reasons — its lecturers and its parkland location (the campus is apparently “amazing”). ULaw “has been doing the LPC for the longest period of time. Very experienced and savvy tutors,” says one LPC student. The study environment includes “good teaching facilities and really nice break out areas full of greenery and tennis courts”.

In terms of teaching, Guildford scores pretty well: “Mostly good tutors with the odd bad one and occasionally an exceptional tutor,” one recent graduate tells us. LPC students say that “some were great and really enthusiastic”, while other tutors are less keen to impart their wisdom. Personal tutors are largely “incredibly supportive” and students are generally happy. The fact that the fees are £3,000 less than at ULaw’s London centres seems to play a part in this.

At Guildford, there’s a “wide selection of electives on offer”. Banking and debt finance, merger and acquisitions, competition law and intellectual property are all on the menu. Commercial topics heavily dominate the options, and there’s a real focus on business law across the core modules as well. For those less commercially inclined, electives include advanced criminal practice, personal injury, immigration and family law. One LPC student says: “My only comment would be that there could have been more advice regarding which electives to choose”.

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In common with many LPCs, some students reckon that the Guildford course “prepares you for exams, not legal practice”. But most wannabe solicitors will agree that the LPC is just a necessary means to an end: “It got me the LPC which is a necessity if you want to progress with a legal career… that’s about it”. So “if you want to just get the LPC done like most, the year course is pretty good”.

The campus facilities should meet your LPC needs. The library is “well stocked”. But it is “small”, and hot in the summer. But if there’s a heatwave, students like to read outside, as the very green campus is set in beautiful grounds. Guildford is also small, “so you get to know most people”. Although students say there’s “little to no social organisations”, the “social life is good” if you “make the effort”.

There’s also a careers service on site: “The careers fair was good,” reports one student. Another Guildford LPCer wasn’t impressed, though: “I don’t believe I was given much exposure to law firms at all”. This could be because Guildford doesn’t have a city location. Overall, the careers service is well regarded and students seem to get out of it what they put in.

ULaw Guildford has “really good connections with firms in the area like Penningtons Manches Cooper and Stevens & Bolton” (Clyde & Co also has an office not far away too), and local law firms come to visit the campus. If you’re an aspiring City trainee, then fear not: the centre of legal London is only a 30-minute train ride away.

And although Guildford is no London, there’s still a nightlife to enjoy as a postgrad. The Casino club is a student favourite. Known as MNG among the veterans, ‘Monday Night Guildford’ is the main weekly event. For a more relaxing evening post-LPC tutorials, head to the Britannia, where you can enjoy drinks in the garden by the river. But it wouldn’t be a student town without a Wetherspoons, and Guildford doesn’t disappoint.

Scholarships

Law First Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000
Application info To be eligible for this award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) or a distinction at masters level; 50 awards are available

The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award

Scholarship value £1,000
Application info Students must be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less and obtain a minimum of a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent); over 100 awards are available

The Daniel Turnbull Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info Available only to students with a disability

Choose Law Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info Available for courses starting in September 2020 and January 2021

Career Changer Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee and partial-fee
Application info To support those whose careers have been impacted by COVID-19 and want to re-train in a career in law, ULaw is offering up to 10 full-fee and 300 partial-fee scholarships (worth up to £2,000)

Campus Dean’s LPC Award

Scholarship value £2,000
Application info To be eligible for this award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree, or international equivalent

Set for Success Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info To be eligible for this award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree, or international equivalent. Students who are not awarded a full-fee scholarship, will automatically be put forward for the runner up award, worth £2,000

Charles Russell Speechlys Award

Scholarship value £5,000
Application info You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least an Upper Second Class degree or international equivalent. Students will be required to take part in an online assessment. Successful applicants will then be shortlisted for interview

Key Info

Full time fees £13,600
Part time fees £6,800
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places Undisclosed
Part time places Undisclosed
Exam format Open and closed book

ULaw offers a total of 4,750 full-time LPC places and 2,000 part-time LPC places across its centres nationally; part-time fees are per year. Under its ‘Employment Promise’, ULaw offers to refund the course fees for any of its LPC graduates who fail to get a job within nine months of completing the course. The refund is made up of 50% cashback plus 50% credit towards further courses. All prices include the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) registration fee of £15.

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