The University of Law’s Bloomsbury campus is a “good, well organised establishment with very good lecturers” says one of its LPC students. The LPC itself is intense and efficiently delivered: “I’d recommend the LPC at ULaw to any new airports opening because they’re masters at sticking you on a fast speed conveyer belt and they’d be able to get luggage waiting times right down,” says another student. Many Bloomsbury students feel well prepared for practice by the end of the ride: “I feel confident about starting my training contract, which is a pretty sound litmus test”.
Tutors are “variable”. Bloomsbury insiders say that “most tutors were excellent, but when the odd few were bad, they were really bad”. A few are “utterly amazing”. On the whole, the staff are “engaging and approachable”.
Course materials are “generally excellent”. They’re of “high quality” and “tied to practical examples”. One insider “was extremely impressed – clearly written and lots of exemplars”. They’re a keeper for some: “I will genuinely take mine with me when I start my training contract and I can see them being useful for a long time”.
For another Bloomsbury student, they’re also a life hack: “Have bought updated versions of the books since leaving and will continue to do so”. That said, others have complained about some “out of date” information and “incorrect figures”. Textbooks are “fine” but “further reading lists leave a lot to be desired”. If you have time for further reading, that is.
Online resources are “slightly more of a mixed bag”. While generally of high quality, some video tutorials “look like they’re from the 80s”. Class materials are “often uploaded days before workshops”, so time management is key.
The selection of electives provides “a good grounding” to core areas of law. LPCers tend to be happy with the choice on offer: “I would struggle to think of an elective that I would have taken but which wasn’t available”. They are, however, “more focused on corporate law than I’d like, but they had enough to interest me”. Others think the electives are “irrelevant, except for company law”. And note: “private client should be left to mathematicians”.
Facilities are “classroom-like”, though there might be a problem with the air conditioning: “The heat in that damned study centre, dear God”. There have also been reports of a “leaking roof in the basement study area”, which “wasn’t fixed all year”. The computer rooms have “suffered from noise and some dodgy PCs from time to time”. On the other hand, pro bono opportunities are “great” and the careers service has “lots on offer”.
Social life is reportedly OK. There’s “good ‘core module’ bonding”. But there’s “not really any broader interaction save for the odd party at a bar etc organised by the uni”. There’s a student association, but “it’s probably more active if you actually go there every day”. LPCers at Bloomsbury like to go on “a few nights out” and also enjoy the local pubs and cafes around the campus. Overall, “nice bunch of peeps!”
The LPC’s price tag is a common cause of frustration: “Though I am sponsored, no course should cost that much,” one student says. The majority of LPC students aren’t sponsored, and some feel like “the whole LPC system is a complete rip off”. But others are more optimistic: “Given the quality of teaching, amount of face time and quality of the materials I think it was good value for money”. ULaw also elicits praise for its links with City law firms and its “pro-active” careers service.
PS: Be prepared to do the work set prior to workshops (as instructed) and attend all classes. Those who don’t may struggle to pass.