Legal education: Full-time, part-time, private or abroad; the best ways to study law

Legal education: Full-time, part-time, private or abroad; the best ways to study law

After students receive their A-level results, if the marks aren’t what were hoped for, there is often a period of panic about what to do next. With the prospect of students going through UCAS clearing many are unclear about how best to approach a law degree.

Students are for the first time facing the reality of paying £9,000 per annum for tuition at many UK universities, and with the increase in fees comes the realisation that there may be other, better options to pursuing a career in law.

One tangible and increasingly popular option has arrived with the advent of private universities.

Until recently the only private university was the University of Buckingham. However, now BPP offer good law courses at its Law School in Holborn, London, and other private universities such as The College of Law are springing up to offer an alternative to the traditional higher-education landscape.

The disadvantage of a private university is that they are not capped to charging £9,000 and can therefore in fact cost much more to attend. However, this is offset by the fact that private universities can offer innovative courses, such as BPP’s LLB (Hons) in law which can be completed in two years instead of three.

Sarah Hutchinson works in business development at The College of Law.

“You don’t lose any of the rigour or content – we simply follow a school timetable rather than a university one, so you get only six weeks off in the summer instead of four months,” she told The Telegraph.

Another advantage of a private university course is the focus on the commercial realities of life after study. The College of Law prides itself on using modern-day case law to illustrate examples of the written law in action, instead of relying on older cases as happens at traditional universities.

Another option for prospective undergraduates is to consider studying part-time whilst working to earn to pay for your course. Many universities offer part-time courses which can be completed either in the evenings or at weekends.

Professor David Latcham is the master at Birkbeck, which offers part-time degrees.

“Besides our standard four-year evening degree, we’ve now introduced accelerated, flexible programmes where you can do a University of London degree in the standard three years, working at a job during the day and studying in the evening,” he told The Telegraph.


Study abroad, part-time or at a private university: different routes to a reputable degree (The Telegraph)

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