University of South Wales (LPC)

The Legal Cheek View

The University of South Wales is in the heart of the Welsh capital, Cardiff. Taught in the Atlantic House campus, the LPC mostly has student approval. LPCers tell us that they like that the law school has “good lecturers” while “not [being] too expensive”.

Students get a lot of teacher face time and really feel the benefits: “Small and informal classes mean a lot of quality input from tutors,” one tells us. Unlike at many LPC providers, teaching at the USW law school takes place four days a week, and students typically study 9-5. Classes on their own take up around 16 hours each week, (eight for part timers) which is more than some undergrad degrees, and rare for an LPC.

There’s “not many electives but small class sizes so understandable”, says one LPCer. Modules include advanced business and corporate law, commercial property, wills and estate planning, advanced criminal litigation, personal injury, clinical negligence, employment and family law. You can pick three, but note that not all electives run each year and will depend on student demand – be sure to check with the university.

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Students can gain work experience through the Legal and Financial Advice Clinic at USW. The work involves legal areas such as employment, family, housing, debt and contract. The clinic also has links with local law firms such as Capital Law, Harding Evans and Howells, all of which support the pro bono initiative. So there’s plenty of opportunity to gain exposure to regional firms. Larger, national firms such as Eversheds Sutherland as well as Slater and Gordon also have offices nearby.

Cardiff itself is a great place, that combines capital city glamour with good value. It’s small enough that everything you’ll need as a postgrad student is within walking distance. A popular spot for lunch is the Milgi Lounge. With artsy décor and a heated garden in the wintertime, this café-bar is a student favourite.

Key Info

Full time fees £11,000
Part time fees £5,500
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 90
Part time places 40
Exam format Open book

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.