University of Derby (LPC)
The Legal Cheek View
There’s a laid back feel about this small East Midlands city, as well as a sense of village community. If you’re planning to self-fund the LPC, you’ll be happy to know that at Derby it comes at £10,500.
Derby law school takes a more personalised approach to teaching. It prides itself on an LPC that is taught 100% face to face, distancing itself from other LPCs that use online resources as their primary learning tools. So you’ll see a lot of your tutors, most of whom are current practitioners.
The teaching itself is delivered through workshops and small group sessions. Students go through real life practice problems after independently preparing solutions beforehand. LPCers tackle legal problems that oscillate between high street issues and larger commercial deals.
The mixed choice of electives reflects that balance. There’s an even split between commercial topics (general commercial, litigation, and property) and other electives such as estate planning, advanced criminal litigation, clinical negligence, employment and family law. These are supposed to prepare future solicitors for ‘day one’ in practice. But the LPC at Derby is also taught with an academic slant, and provides “intellectual headroom”.