University of Wolverhampton (LPC)

The Legal Cheek View

Perched on the edge of Birmingham, Wolverhampton is in the heart of the West Midlands. Known for its supportive study environment, the Wolverhampton Law School is quite good at keeping students productive and motivated. One happy LPCer tells us they “loved” the course, which is geared more to general high street law firms than the City.

Wolverhampton is distinctive in its “friendly atmosphere”. Students and teachers alike are always “willing to help out”. One LPCer says that the “positive environment” helped them “overcome any reservations”. This is not always the case at law schools where the competition (especially for training contracts) is typically fierce. Wolverhampton students also tend to make “some great friends” on the LPC.

The specific tutor support on the LPC “is one of the main reasons to do the course” at Wolverhampton. Teachers are “friendly and experienced”. Another LPCer says they’re “truly committed, motivational and effectively apply their vast knowledge within their specialised fields”. This is what makes the LPC at Wolverhampton “intense” but “inspirational”. With one of the smallest student intakes in the country, LPCers can really enjoy the individual attention given to them.

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The choice of the electives is a pretty standard affair, but does keep your options open. Commercial electives are balanced out with high street private client areas of practice such as family, housing, personal injury litigation, immigration and welfare law. The course is delivered through both large (whole cohort) and small (15-20 students) classes, online videos and learning tools, as well as role-play. Course materials, such as textbooks and ‘practice-based’ resources, are all included in the tuition fees.

LPCers tend to stay in regional law firms: “Since graduating, I’ve secured work at a firm in Walsall in family law,” one former student tells us. Speaking from the legal practice frontline, one graduate has said, “without the LPC I would have been lost, the interviewing and advocacy skills that I learnt are invaluable when in practice”. So LPCers are finding jobs. It’s just a question of whether you’re likely to work in the Midlands, or if you’re chasing the larger City firms.

If you do decide to enrol at Wolverhampton, be sure to pop into the Royal London pub just across the road. A student favourite, it has a games room and hosts popular disco nights. On Tuesdays, nearly all the drinks are £1 each between 7pm and 3am.

Key Info

Full time fees £10,000
Part time fees £5,000
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 60
Part time places 30
Exam format Open and closed book

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.