University of Central Lancashire (LPC)

The Legal Cheek View

Not far from the Lake District and Blackpool’s beaches, the University of Central Lancashire is located in Preston – officially the cheapest student city in the UK. With fast links to Manchester, there’s lots of opportunities to get involved with nearby law firms via open days and vacation schemes.

Like its GDL intake, the LPC cohort is very small at UCLan. There’s a higher tutor to student ratio than on most LPC courses across the country. The focus really is on small group teaching, and so the LPC is a far more personal experience than at larger LPC providers. UCLan students say that the support offered by the tutors is “brilliant”. There are also larger, live lectures and attendance is compulsory for all LPC sessions. Future LPCers will be happy to know that they’ll be doing open book exams.

The choice of optional electives includes everything you might expect on an LPC course. You can choose to study anything from personal injury, clinical negligence, family, immigration and employment law, to commercial and intellectual property. Less common electives include commercial dispute resolution and elderly client law, as well as insolvency.

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The 19th century redbrick Harris building, where the LPC is taught, certainly makes an impression. The interiors have been refurbished, so its facilities come with a modern feel. LPC students have access to the moot courtroom, as well as the student-led Law Clinic, which offers free legal advice on issues ranging from accidents and injuries, family and immigration, to commercial, employment and consumer rights matters.

Indeed, LPCers have plenty of opportunities to get involved with the legal world. One student says they have “been impressed” with the “wide range of opportunities UCLan has to offer”, which includes “opportunities to compete in external competitions in mediation and negotiation”. The careers service also organises a popular guest speaker programme, as well as an annual law fair.

To break away from the law books, LPC students enjoy spending time in UCLan’s Students’ Union. It includes a video games room, and organises events such as hip hop ping pong, BBQs, and an outdoor cinema in the summer. That’s also the ideal time to take a stroll along the River Ribble, which snakes its way through the city.

Key Info

Full time fees £10,000
Part time fees £5,000
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 80
Part time places 40
Exam format Open book

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.