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    So I didn't do as well as I had hoped and have received a place at BPP to study Law, however, I have a few questions and concerns. 1) In terms of career prospects i've heard fantastic things, but in terms of moving on to further education and applying for an LPC elsewhere will universities scrutinise my application because my degree would (hopefully) be achieved from BPP. 2) I understand that the student life is very limited. Though, I won't be completely surrounded by people ages 25+, will i? Is it easy to make a few friends, considering I'm 18 and the typical uni life doesn't appeal to me but I would like to have a few things to do during my course. I believe that there are a few societies and events occasionally. - I also have an offer from Brunel to study History as Law is full and would convert in my second year but that seems like a lengthier option.

    I studied the LPC and GDL at a BPP University. To your questions:

    1. Yes it's a very well connected institution, it's favoured by more firms than the University of Law. You can do the LPC at the BPP straight away after you finish your qualifying law degree (LLB, MA, or GDL), and I believe you get a discount (I did). I doubt anywhere would 'scrutinise' your application because it is from a private University. Pretty much all Law degrees are equal - it's regulated by the SRA.

    2. Ouch. Yes there will be a few recent graduates, some more 'mature' students. The "student experience" at the BPP compared to, say, the University of Manchester where I did my Undergraduate, is completely lacking - almost non-existent. But it is what you make it. Maybe it is just my cohort that is quiet during term time, especially since we all commute from different cities.

    Don't worry, we "oldies" tend to do the more difficult, and more expensive courses, like the GDL.

    It's as easy to make friends as you want it to be. Be open and be yourself. You'll get to know people in class even if you aren't too sociable outside class because the teaching is in small classes, and you have to contribute in groups.

    There are societies and events, I don't know about for the LLB intake, but they did seem to have things arranged, or at least some form of tie with the local University. Again, it is what you make it. You'll be a student, so there's nothing stopping you from going to the local University campus, joining their Law Soc or just going to social events there.

    By all means convert, but it's an extra year of tuition fees.

    BPP is fine for the vocational parts of training like LPC/BPTC but not a well respected institution for the LLB. That being said, there's little point in you paying 9k for a year of history when you'd be transferring. I would say go for BPP, or take a gap year and apply to better unis.
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