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 just under £9,000.

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, 90% 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”.

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One way it does this is through an independent study project. It’s compulsory, but the upside is that LPCers get an LLM award on top of their professional qualification. Students can undertake research into career specialisms that range from banking, construction, medical, sports and cyber law, to military, human rights, road traffic, environment, public international and alcohol law. If you miss the undergraduate good times and feel nostalgic about writing another dissertation, Derby’s academic LPC may be your cup of tea.

Derby itself is a less hectic alternative to a student city. With historic buildings and cobbled streets mapping the Cathedral Quarter, it’s a great place to relax and stroll. We hear that The Friary is a good spot for cheap drinks and comfy sofas. Markeaton, Darley and Allestree parks are all close to campus. For more green spaces, head north to the Peak District that’s just beyond the city.

Key Info

Full time fees £8,500
Part time fees £5,202
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places Undisclosed
Part time places Undisclosed
Exam format Open and closed book

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.