Should I stay or should I go? BPP LPC/LLM Watch

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Hi there, bit of a dilemma -

I have offers to study the LPC/LLM from BPP Holborn law school and from another university (not wanting to say which one but it’s a poly that I did my GDL at - I really liked the year and would be happy to go back again). Before I go on, whilst I have applied to city law firms I would also love working in the area around the poly.

The poly is close to my home and I could easily commute it, meaning I could live at home (saving money, staying near family and friends) plus, as I said, I enjoyed my time there and feel like I’ll get a good standard of teaching from them.

BPP is, I’ve read, one of the top (if not the top) law schools in the country - they have a great list of firms who exclusively use them and it seems like they’ll give me great career advice and assistance, something the poly lacked and something I’m concerned about given I’ve yet to get a training contract. Obviously living in London is a big move and will be considerably more expensive and will entail all of the moving hassle, finding people to live with etc, but then you get the opportunity of living in London, something many people say they regret missing out on.

So here’s my query - is the opportunity to study at BPP in London too good to turn down? Will studying there put me in a better position in terms of employability? (Meaning I’m both more prepared for interviews and generally does it look better if I’ve attended BPP?

Any advice is appreciated as I’m just thinking through my options at the minute!

Thanks!
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(Original post by History Grad 59)
Hi there, bit of a dilemma -

I have offers to study the LPC/LLM from BPP Holborn law school and from another university (not wanting to say which one but it’s a poly that I did my GDL at - I really liked the year and would be happy to go back again). Before I go on, whilst I have applied to city law firms I would also love working in the area around the poly.

The poly is close to my home and I could easily commute it, meaning I could live at home (saving money, staying near family and friends) plus, as I said, I enjoyed my time there and feel like I’ll get a good standard of teaching from them.

BPP is, I’ve read, one of the top (if not the top) law schools in the country - they have a great list of firms who exclusively use them and it seems like they’ll give me great career advice and assistance, something the poly lacked and something I’m concerned about given I’ve yet to get a training contract. Obviously living in London is a big move and will be considerably more expensive and will entail all of the moving hassle, finding people to live with etc, but then you get the opportunity of living in London, something many people say they regret missing out on.

So here’s my query - is the opportunity to study at BPP in London too good to turn down? Will studying there put me in a better position in terms of employability? (Meaning I’m both more prepared for interviews and generally does it look better if I’ve attended BPP?

Any advice is appreciated as I’m just thinking through my options at the minute!

Thanks!
You are just going to have to do a pros and cons.
Imo LPC is a bit like taking your driving test, nobody really cares where you take it as long as you pass.
BPP and UoL are just the original adopters that have a large section of the market covered between them.
They are private for profit businesses.
I think this idea about top law school is tosh.

Some firms do have arrangements with BPP to teach modules their own way and they might offer some specialised ones your poly doesnt.

On the other side you get to stay at home.
You are happy with the course.
You get to save a lot of money on course fees and living c £10,000+ worth.

You are going to have to speak to more actual BPP students, but have never seen people say they were mighty impressed or the careers advice was amazing. Go to a BPP open day and see what you think. They also have other locations.

Just do your research, decent comparison and you should pick the best one for you.
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Having market share doesn't make you top

Particularly when the professional training involves a lot of memorisation and not much else
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