BPP Law School - True Picture

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Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London (Holborn), Manchester

Number of LPC places: 3,307 FTE nationally

Number of BPTC places: 1,584 FTE nationally

LPC fees: see breakdown by city

BPTC fees: see breakdown by city

Graduates say...



...on the teaching:

It was very good. They did a lot of distance learning. We only had to come in for seminars, which was convenient. The teaching was of good quality; maybe the topics are dry but there's nothing you can do about that!”

“It was good but cost a lot of money and I don't think it necessarily represents good value. The LPC is delivered in quite a spoon-feeding way, but the teachers knew their stuff. They also front-load the course so that it gets a bit easier towards the end. Overall it's more of a memory game compared to a conventional degree.”

“I had a really good experience; the tutors and the quality of teaching were very impressive. I am putting into practice some of the basic things we learnt – simple things like written resolutions and filings for Companies House. It's great to see something for the first time at your firm and think 'I remember how to do this!'”

The standard of teaching is good, but organisation and admin-wise it's not the best.”

I like the closed-book approach to exams. You're not carrying millions of notes into the exam hall.”

"It was okay, but it's a big factory where they churn out lawyers."

...on the facilities:

It's quite functional but the facilities and teaching were good – it's a means to an end.”

Birmingham



LPC fees (2018/19): £12,740 FT, £6,370 PT

BPTC fees (2018/19): £15,680 FT, £15,680 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

"Communication ahead of the course could have been clearer, but otherwise I found the teaching to be of a good standard."

Chambers says...

The Brummie branch offers a lot of what London does, for quite a bit less. Range of full and part-time courses? Check. Central location? Check. Proximity to big firms and businesses? Check. It's a good-sized provider with all the mod cons.

Bristol



LPC fees (2018/19): £12,740 FT, £6,370 PT

Graduates say...

“It’s small so you get a more personal service. You get to know all the staff up to a senior academic level.”

Chambers says...

Bristol is one of BPP's smaller campuses, and when there isn't enough interest to run certain modules, the school will arrange for students to study them at other centres or over the weekend. It's got a good central location, and while it's not the most attractive of buildings, it has the beautiful Georgian houses of Queen's Square right on its doorstep. Using bikes and buses are big in Bristol, but there's discounted parking for students who commute in by car.

Cambridge



LPC fees (2018/19): £12,740 FT, £6,370 PT

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

“I managed to do a part time job while studying and really enjoyed the LPC. The course was practical, which I appreciated, and the class sizes were good. I was really impressed with the teaching and I still refer back to the materials I was given.”

"The teaching was brilliant but the administrative side let itself down."

...on the facilities:

It's a small set-up but I really enjoyed it. The classes were tiny – it was fine.”

Chambers says...

It may be home to one of the world's oldest universities, but Cambridge also hosts one of BPP's newest branches. It's got snazzy new facilities, the latest audio-visual equipment and even air-conditioned classrooms, all in the heart of this olde worlde city. This is a good-value course in one of Britain's most academic cities, but watch out for the tourists!

Leeds



LPC fees (2018/19): £11,930 FT, £5,965 PT

BPTC fees (2018/19): £15,680 FT, £15,680 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

I was really happy with it. I think I made a conscious decision to go to BPP just because I knew the quality of the teaching there was very high. Also the big firms like you to have gone there. It was a good experience, even part-time.”

It was really well organised and it's near the train station. In terms of structure, it is really supportive. All the materials are provided in advance. Tutors make time for students out of normal hours, even on Saturdays or in the evenings, to give guidance and help you prepare for exams. Everything was always clear.”

“The content was fine and I learnt enough, though at times I felt the general set-up was quite disorganised.”

Chambers says...

Leeds is a good spot if you want big-city life without the big-city price tag. The centre has an active careers service for those still hunting a training contract, advising on everything from writing a CV to how to make the most out of law fairs. The IT suite is another standout facility, and the teachers are full of helpful titbits for practice. There's also a mock courtroom for Bar students.

London (Holborn)



LPC fees (2018/19): £16,200 FT, £8,100 PT

BPTC fees (2018/19): £19,070 FT, £19,070 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

The teachers were particularly really good, the resources were extensive and it had everything you need. They knew how to get you through your exams.”

Some tutors were amazing and others weren't, which is frustrating when you consider what's on offer.”

“I did feel a bit like an anonymous person. They offer fine teaching but it's quite prescriptive. It does the job of teaching you what you need to know. There are also a few pro bono opportunities to get stuck into, as well as business-related events and societies to help pad out your CV.”

"Excellent tutors, the majority of whom have worked at law firms. There was also a revision system to help students."

"There can be a little bit too much spoon feeding."

"[In hindsight] I would have chosen to do the fast-track LPC. The ten-month one was very dragged out."

"BPP is very good at teaching the LPC in a very digestible manner. Every seminar and class is very well segmented, has exercises which take you through the material quickly and are easy to understand and apply during the exams."

Chambers says...

It ain't as easy on the wallet as the other campuses, but this buys you modern facilities right in the heart of legal London. This is the home of the fast-track LPC and also offers the BPTC. The administrative wrinkles and the occasional timetabling reshuffle can be frustrating, but the teaching, materials and multiple study spaces are all high quality.

Manchester



LPC fees (2018/19): £11,930 FT, £5,965 PT

BPTC fees (2018/19): £15,680 FT, £15,680 PT (both years)

Graduates say...

...on the teaching:

“The teaching was pretty good. A lot of the lecturers were lawyers, and I found them fairly friendly and relaxed.”

“I really enjoyed it, especially because the tutors were brilliant. The workload was quite intense compared to the LLB and there were quite a few exams, but other than that it was fine.”

"The staff were fantastic – very good at what they taught, approachable, and they took an interest in you."

...on getting a job:

"Excellent careers service that helped me secure work experience."

Chambers says...

Manchester is one of BPP's largest offerings, with a 108-seat lecture theatre, 24 classrooms and a pro bono centre. It's located near a number of law firms and barristers' chambers, and the academic heartland of Oxford Road (also handy for the Curry Mile). If the studying gets too much, the bars and eateries of Spinningfields are nearby, as is the Arndale shopping centre, the Palace Theatre and the Opera House.

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