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.