The University of Law, Liverpool (LPC)

The Legal Cheek View

Nestled in the heart of Liverpool’s bustling city centre is one of The University of Law’s (ULaw) newest hubs, having opened its doors to a small cohort of around 75 Legal Practice Course (LPC) students in September 2018.

Interestingly, ULaw’s Liverpool branch is housed within the University of Liverpool’s Rendall Building, a slightly less fancy version of its elder sister, the Victoria Building, a distinctive terracotta construction and Grade II listed building that inspired the phrase ‘red brick’ university.

So what’s it like studying at ULaw Liverpool?

The teaching is “good” we’re told but “lecturers do come over from ULaw’s Chester campus”. As an added bonus, all of the lecturers are qualified lawyers, most of whom have worked in firms dotted across Liverpool and surrounding areas. “They often share little anecdotes about working life in North West England which is nice,” shares our insider.

Course materials and textbooks are dished out on the first day. “I brought a tiny bag with me and was handed 15 textbooks on induction day — I should’ve taken a suitcase!” quipped our insider. Students also get given a handbook for each workshop. “We get printouts and hard copies of evvverything as well as online,” says another Legal Cheek spy. The IT facilities are “really good” and there’s even the option to borrow a laptop.

There’s a bunch of support on-site, too. There are mentoring schemes and very active careers services. Students have access to both ULaw and Liverpool’s careers teams, with the former being helpful for “LPC-specific queries” and the latter for “drop-ins”. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with pro bono. Voluntary work with the Citizens Advice Bureau is available and next year, ULaw Liverpool has plans to set up its very own law clinic.

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The classes are intimate with around 15 students in each. Workshop-based learning is “super-interactive” and “we get to write stuff on boards,” one student tells us. However, there are only two classrooms, which are apparently “very small”. There are further drawbacks: “Some electives, such as insurance law, we can’t take in Liverpool because there’s unlikely to be enough people to form a class.” In that scenario, Liverpudlians are likely to be told to travel to nearby ULaw Chester.

There aren’t many study spaces in ULaw’s building, we are told, so students will often use the University of Liverpool’s library. “This can be a ‘mare around exam time,” grumbles one insider, “but is often the case at any institution.” One birdie also told us a new development is in the works and will be ready to move into by September. “Hopefully that will have some study space!”

For lunch, Merseyside LPC’ers can expect to find “the usual” fast-food joints locally — the grand Liverpool ONE shopping complex is a short distance away. You’re allowed to eat in the library, where there is also a canteen, provided your food is not hot. The University of Liverpool’s student union, ‘The Guild’, is ten mins away from classes if you’re after warm nourishment, and there’s a Starbucks (for those coffee runs) and a bar serving £1.50 pints on Fridays.

At present, there aren’t any ULaw-specific societies, but they’re reportedly in the works and will hopefully be up and running next year. ULaw students, however, can take advantage of the 200+ societies provided by the University of Liverpool.

Scholarships

Charles Russell Speechlys Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000
Applications close 14/08/2019
Application info Applicants must be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less and not received a training contract offer

Law First Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000
Applications close 19/08/2019
Application info To be eligible for this award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent), a distinction at masters level or a distinction for the GDL; ten awards are available

The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award

Scholarship value £1,000-£3,000
Application info Students must be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less; up to 55 awards are available

The Daniel Turnbull Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Applications close 21/08/2019
Application info Available only to students with a disability

Choose Law Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Applications close 28/11/2019
Application info Available for courses starting in January 2020

Key Info

Full time fees £12,300
Part time fees £6,150
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.

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