erinlchxx
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I'm wanting to study MA Law in order to qualify in Law for the BPC, as opposed to the GDL as I'd struggle with funding.

The University of Law provide a 1-year course which I'm told is basically the GDL with an additional dissertation module, but I've just had a look at universities that offer MA Law and The University of Sheffield do a two year course.

The problem is, for one year the course at ULaw costs around £10,000, whereas the one at Sheffield is £8,500 per year and obviously theres only around 11000 available as a post-grad loan from the government.

The other problem is that I know Uni of Sheffield is a more respectable, Russel Group university, but I was hoping to move back to Manchester after I finish my undergrad degree in Liverpool as my family are there and so is my boyfriend. Uni of Manchester don't offer an MA law Image

I'm struggling with what to do, because I certainly couldn't afford to pay an extra 8 grand from my pocket for the Sheffield course, and then on top of that have to rent accommodation, as I could just live at home or with my boyfriend in Manchester.

In the end it all comes down to money, which everything does I guess Image
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Hi,I’m actually going to study the GDL with the University of Law starting in September 2020. I was a little concerned about whether it would be better to go to a Russel group uni too - however I’ve spoken to a few barristers/solicitors in my network and apparently nobody really cares provided you get good grades in the exams, especially if you’ve gone to a good uni during undergrad. Apparently ULaw and BPP are actually very good for supporting you through learning the material and passing the exams whilst you tend to get a more hands off approach from other universities. If you’re wanting to be near to home/your partner - I know that ULaw do the GDL/MALaw in association with the university of Liverpool. I think they have a campus in Manchester too - might be worth taking a look.
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(Original post by erinlchxx)
I'm wanting to study MA Law in order to qualify in Law for the BPC, as opposed to the GDL as I'd struggle with funding.

The University of Law provide a 1-year course which I'm told is basically the GDL with an additional dissertation module, but I've just had a look at universities that offer MA Law and The University of Sheffield do a two year course.

The problem is, for one year the course at ULaw costs around £10,000, whereas the one at Sheffield is £8,500 per year and obviously theres only around 11000 available as a post-grad loan from the government.

The other problem is that I know Uni of Sheffield is a more respectable, Russel Group university, but I was hoping to move back to Manchester after I finish my undergrad degree in Liverpool as my family are there and so is my boyfriend. Uni of Manchester don't offer an MA law Image

I'm struggling with what to do, because I certainly couldn't afford to pay an extra 8 grand from my pocket for the Sheffield course, and then on top of that have to rent accommodation, as I could just live at home or with my boyfriend in Manchester.

In the end it all comes down to money, which everything does I guess Image
You probably already know this but, "From September 2020, anyone pursuing a career as a barrister who has not already started the BPTC must complete one of the new Bar courses approved by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)" - read the webpage HERE.

I can see the University of Law on the approved list but not Sheffield. Problem solved and money saved.
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(Original post by mike23mike)
You probably already know this but, "From September 2020, anyone pursuing a career as a barrister who has not already started the BPTC must complete one of the new Bar courses approved by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)" - read the webpage HERE.

I can see the University of Law on the approved list but not Sheffield. Problem solved and money saved.
You've misunderstood how it works. Those Bar training courses are for after you complete your qualifying law degree. OP needs to complete either a GDL, MA, or Senior Status LLB before they can do the bar training course, so they can go to Sheffield then go to one of those places, or they can go to University of Law, then either stay there or move to another place.

The Sheffield MA is a Senior Status LLB with a different name so that its students are eligible for the postgraduate loan. A Senior Status LLB means you study the core law courses required for a qualifying law degree, but also get to do other courses which aren't required but can be helpful for employment, figuring out what area of law you want to specialise in, and for personal curiosity. On top of that you also do a dissertation, though that's also covered by the ULaw MA.

In terms of funding, OP should look into whether they're eligible for the Sheffield postgraduate scholarship as they give out a very large number of £10k scholarships to postgrads, which would cover the difference in fees and a bit more, but still wouldn't cover the difference in living costs. That could potentially be helped by commuting to Sheffield from Manchester though, which is doable albeit on the longer side of viable commutes. It might also be worth seeing if you can get the postgraduate scholarship for the Sheffield GDL, you would still have to pay more for your commute/living costs but you also wouldn't have extra loan to pay back.

OP, you might also want to consider the cost impacts of your Bar training course or LPC if you decide to change route. It might be a better option to do a GDL out of your own pocket then your bar course/LPC as part of a MA/LLM which will be covered by the postgraduate loan, though this does also mean that the ULaw MA is going to remain a more financially viable option because you're still saving on commute/living costs.
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