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The University of Law, Manchester (LPC)

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ULaw’s Manchester campus is located in the heart of this great cultural city, with all that Lowry art, cool music and Victorian and industrial architecture. But these elements are nothing compared with the campus’s “super comfy” chairs, a highlight for one student! No doubt a necessity for those long, long hours spent in the law library.

Seriously though, Manchester is a strong regional commercial hub that recently gained a new Media City (housing the Beeb among others). It has a good dose of home grown law firms such as DWF and lots of regional offices of international firms (though it is worth noting that some of these offices were opened as “low cost hubs”, which may or may not be what you are looking for).

On campus, students praise the “good enthusiastic teachers who have experienced life in practice”. But as with any law school, “the good were excellent, but one or two were really bad.” Others say the “teachers are friendly” but some of their “knowledge is out of date”. But “if you do the reading and participate fully in classes, you will succeed at ULaw”.

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Course materials are “generally good”, with some exceptions involving the odd error and inconsistency. Online resources are also “generally good”. However, “the legal research databases crashed on the launch day of our ‘practical legal research’ assessment meaning endless extensions”. Those of you who cheer on a deadline extension might not see this as a bad thing. Happily, “they did their best to assist during IT issues”.

The careers service, while offering a decent service, sounds as if it needs some extra resource. Staff are “off sick a lot,” reports one unsympathetic LPCer. Another tells us they “couldn’t spot small mistakes in applications” (isn’t that the job of students?!). Then again, it is a “super busy” centre.

Pro bono opportunities could have been a bit better during 2016-17, we’re told. Apparently the “co-ordinator left in the first week (September) and wasn’t replaced until March”. Multiple LPC students say this led to “a lot of disruption in pro bono schemes”. But things are expected to run more smoothly this academic year. We hear that there are a lot of student opportunities currently going with the Personal Support Unit based in Manchester’s Civil Justice Centre. The PSU allows students to help individuals through the court process. LPCers can volunteer to sit through the court hearings, and explain how clients should address the judge and what to do next.

Social life at ULaw’s Manchester campus is, we are told, “extremely dependent” on which class you’re put in to do core modules in first term. If you’re “put in with a shy, academic set of people, your social life is doomed”. It’s an important time of the year as there’s “no other way to make friends, short of sitting with a random clique and begging that they take you in”. So, brush up on your social skills and be sure to say ‘hi’ on your first day.

If you need to take some time off from the law books, then there’s “Wii and table tennis tables in the canteen”, although they’re “normally hogged by the same group every lunch time”. And if LPC pressure gets too much and you need to take a break, you can go walk along the Pennines — a mountain range just a quick train ride away.


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 £12,750
Part time fees £6,375
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.

The Law School In Its Own Words