Located in the heart of London’s financial district, The University of Law’s (ULaw) glossy Moorgate campus delivers a LPC programme that’s filled with wannabe City lawyers – many of whom already have training contracts lined up at ULaw-affiliated firms. Neighbours include elite outfits such as Slaughter and May, which is located directly across the road, and Linklaters. Beyond its location, students recommend ULaw Moorgate for its “open book exams”, “nice coffee” and “nice big building”.
There’s a “real range of excellent tutors” at Moorgate, who are “actually fab” and “make a big effort”. So LPCers are generally happy: “All top teachers, didn’t necessarily make the boring bits interesting, but hammered in what we needed to know,” one tells us. Expect teachers “to get you through your LPC exams” and “not to actually teach you generally about legal practice”. Seems fair enough, as law students have similar LPC expectations: “At the end of the day, it was very much a checked box to get one step closer to qualification – nothing more, nothing less”. Others report that though there are “some fantastic tutors”, there’s also “some who were just going through the motions”.
The choice of extra electives is “pretty varied” and generally “very good”. Banking and debt finance, mergers and acquisitions, competition law and intellectual property are all on the menu. The modules are “very business orientated and helped me going into an accounts practice”. For those less commercially inclined, options include advanced criminal practice, personal injury, immigration and family law. But if you’ve already bagged yourself a training contract, your electives are likely to be fixed.
Views on course materials and textbooks are mixed. Some say “good”, or at least “generally OK”, and that wider “educational resources are excellent”. But they come with “a surprisingly large number of typos”. Annoyingly, this is a common moan at many LPC providers.
Study spaces are somewhere in between comfy and functional. They’re “not too bad”; “I guess Moorgate is their flagship so they made a bit of an effort,” grumbles one hard to please LPCer. It has been claimed that “half the computers in the cyber café don’t work”, but others dispute this – either Moorgate needs to draft in more technicians, or this student hasn’t bothered to check if the sockets have actually been plugged in.
The social life at Moorgate is by most accounts pretty fun. LPCers tend to make “some good friends”. Another Moorgate student has also left with “fantastic friends”, but says not much was arranged by the institution itself: “People were social, but we did not go to any official socials”. No wonder, since reportedly the “student-run social team genuinely failed to organise a piss up in a brewery”. Still, students do confirm that there’s a “good social life” to be enjoyed, even though “it’s what you make of it”: “I had great classes with some great people,” another recalls.
You’ll meet more people if you make the most of the pro bono opportunities, which are “good”. “We got a lot of emails offering pro bono places,” reports a student. Beyond the campus, London is teeming with law firms and career opportunities. As the city is the UK’s – if not the world’s – legal capital, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
You’ve got to consider the price, though. Value for money at Moorgate is “not great, and I wasn’t even paying,” says a City trainee-to-be. Remember that the LPC “is ridiculously expensive wherever you go”. Most students strongly advise the next LPC batch to find sponsorship first: “Please PLEASE only go here if you have a training contract, don’t bother otherwise”. Even then, it may still feel like it’s “still too expensive for what it is, but hey ho, I was sponsored”. Others who managed to get a City training contract during the course say the LPC at Moorgate is “worth every penny”.