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    Hi all,

    Just a quick question. I am considering doing the LPC this September. I was wondering if there was any difference in the courses taught and which of the two schools would be better to go to. Also is there any preference by Employers/ Firms as to which students do go to?
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    There are a billion threads on this on traineesolicitor.

    The standard of both seems pretty high to me - which is unsurprising given the price. If you have a TC and the firm is paying, they might insist on a particular provider, and with a lot of corporate firms, the LPC is tailor made to the firm's requirements.

    Otherwise, the content will be the same, the only difference being your electives.

    Personally, if I get the choice, I'm going to City. Because Claire de Than is cool.
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    If your firm has no preference, then choose based on location and teaching style. I believe BPP offers a compressed, 7 month LPC (now open to all students). However, CoL LPC exams are open book (you can bring pretty much any materials you want into the exam hall with you), which isn't the case at BPP.
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    Although BPP isn't totally open book, you do get to take in your statute books which have most of what you need.

    But I completely agree that you should pick based on the location and your preferred teaching style (live lectures v. online), electives available and I picked based on pro-bono options as well
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    And what would you consider in making a choice for the GDL. I have offers for CoL (Bloomsbury) and BPP (Waterloo). I would be really interested in hearing the thoughts of people who have already done the GDL at one of these places. What was especially good for you? And would you say that the firms associated with CoL are slightly better than the ones associated with BPP?
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    (Original post by Saxaphone Joe)
    And what would you consider in making a choice for the GDL. I have offers for CoL (Bloomsbury) and BPP (Waterloo). I would be really interested in hearing the thoughts of people who have already done the GDL at one of these places. What was especially good for you? And would you say that the firms associated with CoL are slightly better than the ones associated with BPP?
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    No. BPP has Slaughter and May, Freshfields, Herbert Smith and Hogan Lovells, among many others. I don't think there is much difference in the firms that subscribe to CoL and the firms that subscribe to BPP. It's also probably not the most effective way of choosing which provider to go to (particularly because they are not going to take into account which of the two you studied at when employing you).
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    I went to the open days of both BPP and CoL, and lets just say that the CoL almost put me off law as a career altogether. The presentations were horrible and unprofessional, the building was ugly, and the staff I met were nauseatingly jovial and in your face.

    BPP on the other hand sold it to me (for better or worse).

    That said, there seems to be a high level of jumped-up sh^ts that I've met at BPP; but I just assumed I would have met them at the CoL as well. Maybe I've been unlucky, or maybe it's just indicative of the type of person that the industry attracts... I don't know...
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    (Original post by Saxaphone Joe)
    And what would you consider in making a choice for the GDL. I have offers for CoL (Bloomsbury) and BPP (Waterloo). I would be really interested in hearing the thoughts of people who have already done the GDL at one of these places. What was especially good for you? And would you say that the firms associated with CoL are slightly better than the ones associated with BPP?
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    I'm doing the GDL at the College of Law. Bloomsbury's a great area. The building's a bit tired. The course is very well organised; the teaching varies from adequate to excellent and is overall of a good standard. The course is quite 'spoon-fed' but teachers are responsive if you're interested and want to go further than the syllabus.

    The extra-curricular activities are a bit disappointing - not a lot of debating or mooting. There is some if that's your thing but you have to fight to get involved. The pro bono is variable, again you have to keep pestering them if you want to do stuff.

    It doesn't feel like a university: although I like my class and we go out for ddrinks there's not an awful lot of socialising if that's something you're after.

    Hope this helps.
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    How does everyone feel about Moorgate vs Bloomsbury?
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    (Original post by Redemption)
    How does everyone feel about Moorgate vs Bloomsbury?
    Moorgate is swish. I imagine that more people who want to go into City law go there.
 
 
 
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