BPP University Law School prospectus 2020/21

Law training for the brightest legal talent.

Postgraduate courses 2020


Welcome to BPP University Law School. We don’t just share your ambition, we pursue it with you. So you can become the lawyer you want to be.

Proud to be one of the UK’s leading law schools With over 25 years’ experience in delivering professional legal education, we’ve built and shaped thousands of legal careers. Excellent employability outcomes Our alumni have gone on to work at global law firms, major companies and top ranked chambers. Learn from experienced solicitors and barristers You will be taught and supported by qualified legal professionals, who understand the road that lies ahead. Seven centres in six cities You’ll study in the centre of major UK legal communities, with leading firms and chambers on your doorstep. Unparalleled connections to the legal profession 60 leading law firms exclusively send their trainee solicitors to study with us. These include 4 out of 5 Magic Circle firms and the City Consortium - a group of highly prestigious law firms. *

Modern methods. Innovative learning Our cutting-edge courses are designed in collaboration with employers, to equip you with the latest skills most in demand by the profession. Several options to fund your legal training Study part-time, gain Government postgraduate funding with our eligible courses, or explore alternatives like Future Finance loans. Over £1 million available in law scholarships and bursaries We support the brightest future legal talent, from all backgrounds.

That’s why our courses focus on your employability. Developing your skills as a lawyer and giving you the best possible chance of securing a training contract or pupillage. So you’re ready to embrace the demands of practice. From day one.

Want to become a solicitor or barrister? Then you know you’ll need to demonstrate an edge before you even step into practice. You need to be driven and focused. To make the best choices for your future. To ensure you stand out in a highly competitive profession.

Award-winning pro bono opportunities

Volunteer for our wide range of projects and gain practical legal experience to make your CV stand out.

of our graduates secured employment or further study. **

* As at September 2019. ** Of surveyed students graduating from BPP University Law School postgraduate programmes in 2017.


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Whilst other universities focus more on academia, I’d say BPP University Law School is more tailored to students actually getting into the practice of Law. Because of the experience of the tutors and the structure of the classes, I felt more excited to pursue my training contract.

Follow in the footsteps of the brightest legal talent.

Olivia Flasch Trainee Solicitor

You’ll find BPP University Law School alumni across the legal profession, in a wide range of practice areas. They started their journey with us. But their achievements speak for themselves.

Our alumni work at 19 of the top 20 global law firms. *

* Since 2016. Source: Global 200, ranked by revenue, The American Lawyer, 2018.


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Courses to accelerate your legal career.

The route to becoming a solicitor is changing.

Becoming a solicitor Once you’ve completed your law degree or conversion course, we’ll provide you with the preparation to secure a training contract and start your career in professional practice. Taught through simulated client portfolios, you’ll develop in-depth legal knowledge, commercial awareness and practical skills.

Converting to law If you’re a non-law graduate, our law conversion courses are your first step to becoming a solicitor or barrister. You’ll gain the fundamental legal knowledge and professional skills you need to progress onto further training.

Our new Law Conversion Course (PGDL) has been designed following extensive research with law firms and aspiring law students. Upon completion, you’ll have the option to progress onto the LPC, or undertake one of our SQE preparation courses. * However, in the meantime, the GDL and LPC route remains valid and highly regarded by legal employers. To find out what the SQE means for you, visit bpp.com/SQE

We’re introducing new courses to prepare students for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), an assessment that all aspiring solicitors will soon be required to pass. The changes are being implemented by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), with the first SQE assessment scheduled to be available from Autumn 2021 at the earliest.

New from September 2020: Law Conversion Course (PGDL) LLM Law and Legal Practice

Legal Practice Course (LPC) LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors)

Becoming a barrister If you’ve completed your law degree or conversion course, we’ll help you gain the competitive edge you need to secure pupillage and prepare for life as a barrister. Learn from experienced practitioners with extensive links to chambers, including trainers used by the Inns of Court.

Developing specialist legal knowledge Enhance your legal CV at any point in your career through our academic Master’s degree. You’ll develop advanced knowledge in a specialised area of law, choosing from a wide range of electives to build an LLM aligned to your ambitions.

Master of Laws (LLM)

New from September 2020: Barrister Training Course (BTC) LLM Legal Practice (Bar)

Solicitor and Paralegal Apprenticeships An alternative, work-based study route to your legal career.

To learn more, visit: bpp.com/courses/law/ apprenticeships

* Subject to the SRA’s transitional rules on the SQE. Progression options are dependent on your completion date and course availability. For more, visit www.sra.org.uk/sra/ policy/sqe/transitional-arrangements


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Your pathways to practice.


Non-law degree

Barrister Training Course (BTC) LLM Legal Practice (Bar)

To become a Barrister

Call to the Bar



Legal Practice Course (LPC) LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors)

Training Contract (Period of Recognised Training)

Law Conversion Course (PGDL) LLM Law and Legal Practice


Choose your career path

(Coming soon) Our new SQE preparation courses Find out what the SQE means for you: bpp.com/SQE

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and Qualifying Work Experience (QWE)

To become a Solicitor *

Law degree

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

Solicitor Apprenticeship

* Subject to the SRA’s transitional rules on the SQE. Progression options are dependent on your completion date and course availability. For more, visit www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/sqe/transitional-arrangements ** Available study modes and start dates depend on your course of choice. Flexible study options to work around your commitments Your legal training should work around you. Study full-time or part-time at one of our UK study centres or online. Begin at a time that suits you, with multiple start dates throughout the year. **


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Your legal career. Guaranteed by the experts.

Enhancing your CV with a Master’s degree

Mentoring from legal professionals You’ll be supported by a dedicated personal tutor throughout your course. Our Access to Practice mentoring scheme with leading employers can also connect you to a legal professional, who can provide a support network and a key contact for advice.

In a competitive field, a legal Master’s degree (LLM) can set you apart from other candidates. We offer pathways to complete your studies with a full Master’s degree at all stages of your postgraduate legal training, and our LLM courses also qualify for postgraduate loan funding. On our LPC, you can top up to an LLM at no extra cost. ** Connecting you to the right people From your first day, you’ll become a member of the legal community. We provide frequent opportunities to expand your legal contacts through our Legal Career Fairs, employer-led skills sessions and networking events with top firms. And you can join our global alumni network, BPP Community.

If you’re a member of Aspiring Solicitors, you also can access

Everything we do is designed to ensure your success.

exclusive coaching, mentoring and placement opportunities with leading legal employers.

Our Career Guarantee We’re so confident in our training that we offer our LPC Career Guarantee. Gain a training contract within six months of graduation, or we’ll let you study another qualification, for free, to help you strengthen your CV and applications. **

Tailoring your legal training At BPP, you’ll have plenty of

Committed to your career fromday one From the moment you accept your place, we’ll be there to help. You’ll get instant access to our Careers Service, invitations to our Law Careers Workshops and the opportunity to apply for our scholarships. Developing the skills employers want Success in law requires more than just understanding the law itself. Designed in close collaboration with legal employers, our courses focus on the technical, professional and personal skills that recruiters are seeking. Gain practical work experience through a pro bono project, enhance your commercial awareness with our Employability Week workshops, or get one step ahead of the competition with legal technology and innovation training.

opportunities to explore the practice areas that align to your career goals. Select from our wide range of LPC electives, choose between commercial or common law routes on our BTC, or conduct an independent research project into a legal issue of your choice. Making your applications stand out Through the Law School and our Careers Service, we’ll prepare you to secure that all-important training contract or pupillage. You can access expert applications support, intensive interview coaching and CV advice from the moment you accept your place with us.

BPP University Law School prepares you for the intensity of not only the exam period, but application season as well.

Sidney Thomas BPP University Law School student

secured employment or further study. *

* Of surveyed students graduating from BPP University Law School postgraduate programmes in 2017. ** T&Cs apply.


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BPP’s Careers Service has been brilliant with my pupillage applications and has definitely helped me get to where I am now. At the careers events you can speak to different firms and chambers. You’re making those networking connections that are so important when you later go for interviews.

Niamh Ingham Pupil Barrister

Our graduates have secured more pupillages in barristers’ chambers than any other provider. +

+ BPTC graduates commencing pupillage between 2013-2017, aggregated. Source: BPTC Key Statistics, Bar Standards Board, 2019.


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The next generation of legal training. The legal profession is transforming, with the rise of legal technology and introduction of the SQE. That’s why we’re constantly innovating, challenging convention, and keeping a close eye on how professional requirements are changing. To make sure your training stays one step ahead.

Supported by our innovative learning platform BPP Adapt is designed to help you gain and retain a deep understanding of legal concepts. Study at a pace that best suits you, from any device. Prepare and practise for assessments Through BPP Adapt, you can track your progress, understand your strengths, and target areas for improvement, ensuring you’re fully prepared to pass your assessments. Flexible pathways to fit you All of our new courses are structured to fit seamlessly together. Build a study pathway that best suits your needs, whether you want to access postgraduate funding or fit study around your commitments.

Our new Law Conversion Course (PGDL) and Barrister Training Course (BTC) Developed following extensive research with firms, chambers and aspiring lawyers, our new courses are designed to prepare you for practice, succeed in your assessments, and gain the skills that employers demand. Learn like a lawyer Experience how legal issues are encountered in practice, while developing your problem-solving and professional skills. You’ll tackle realistic legal scenarios in interactive workshops. On our BTC, you’ll work in our Virtual Chambers from the outset, simulating the typical responsibilities of a pupil barrister.

Study Legal Technology Innovation and Design on our LPC Legal technology is disrupting the delivery of legal services. This optional online module will introduce you to the new skills desired by

firms and legal recruiters: • Understand the impact of technologies on the legal

• Simulate the stages of technical project management • Take part in an additional project to design and develop a software

landscape, including Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, and the analysis of Big Data

solution to a legal problem (limited places available)

• Learn how to develop innovation ideas with specialists, colleagues and clients


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The firm favourite for law. At the heart of the legal profession.

What I really liked about BPP University Law School was the careers-focused, driven element of the courses there. We were very much asked to put ourselves in the minds of clients.

60 leading law firms exclusively send their trainee solicitors to study our LPC. *

Jonathan Andrews Trainee Solicitor, Reed Smith

Many of these employers work with us in other ways too. This can involve consulting on course design, attending our events, supporting pro bono projects and keeping us informed on the latest developments in the legal recruitment process. So whatever your legal career ambitions, you can be sure that we can connect you with the right people.

These UK and international firms trust us because of the quality and professional relevance of our training. Training that has built stellar generations of legal talent and continues to do so. Through our Law School, Careers Service and Pro Bono Centre, we work with a vast range of organisations that deliver legal services. These include chambers, local councils and in-house teams, and law firms from the Magic Circle to the high street, commercial giants to niche practices.

We exclusively deliver legal training to the City Consortium - a group of highly prestigious law firms.

* As at September 2019.


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Careers Service.

Whatever your ambitions. Whatever your goals. Our careers team is here to help and support you on your journey.

Services include: • Careers appointments • Mock interviews and assessment centres • CV and application clinics • Careers workshops • CareerHub (job opportunities database, exclusive to our students and alumni) • Networking events • Access to Practice mentoring scheme with leading legal employers

• The chance to undertake a legal placement with organisations such as American Express, Barclays and Network Rail • Ability to apply for exclusive BPP scholarships and bursaries To become an Aspiring Solicitors member, visit aspiringsolicitors.co.uk

We’re proud to work closely with Aspiring Solicitors, a leading legal diversity platform, with a shared goal to widen access to the legal profession. As part of our partnership, BPP students from underrepresented backgrounds can benefit from exclusive opportunities, including: • Access to careers coaching from the likes of Barclays Legal, Bristows, Freshfields, Mayer Brown, Reed Smith and Dentons • Law firm mentoring schemes

Our services are tailored to your needs. Whether it’s one-to-one guidance, a quick email advice service or online resources at your fingertips. You will never leave an advice session empty handed. Together, we’ll draw up a career action plan, detailing the steps you should take to achieve your goals. You can access the Careers Service from the moment you accept your place, and up to 12 months after you complete your studies with us. Visit bpp.com/study/support/careers


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Our courses are taught in small groups and delivered by our 300 highly skilled tutors. That includes qualified solicitors, barristers and judges who can help develop your legal career. Learn from lawyers with invaluable professional experience.

We really share our experiences and what we’ve learned - the things that you wish you’d known when you started out.

Camilla Brignall LPC Centre Programme Leader and Tutor Previously Associate Director at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Many still practice and have extensive links to law firms, chambers and in-house teams at every level.

They bring the benefits of their professional experience to your legal training, using realistic case studies to thoroughly prepare you for a career in law.

The tutors at BPP helped me to prepare for my next steps. They bring life experience into the classroom. It’s not just academics, they often use real examples from the workplace. Kurt Satney BPP University Law School student


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An award-winning Pro Bono Centre.

Pro bono is professional legal work undertaken voluntarily and without charge. It’s an invaluable part of the training you’ll receive at BPP University Law School.

Our projects.

Here are just some of our pro bono projects available: • BPP Legal Advice Clinic (BLAC) – interviewing and advising clients on a range of legal issues • BLAC Enterprise Clinic – providing commercial advice to start-ups and charities • Employment Law Telephone Advice Line (ELTAL) – interviewing callers with employment law issues • Streetlaw – delivering public legal education across schools, prisons, homeless shelters and more • Legal Translation Service (LTS) – providing legal advice centres and not-for-profit organisations with free interpretation and translation • LEASE Case Summaries – summarising cases from the First-tier Property Tribunal which are then made available to the public on the LEASE website Find a project probono.bppuniversity. ac.uk/students

We provide pro bono opportunities at all our centres to match your interests and the time you have available. All are delivered by BPP University Law School students, with guidance from qualified lawyers. Some projects run nationwide, and others reflect the needs of local communities. These cover a wide range of legal areas including employment, housing and family law.

What will you gain from pro bono work?

By volunteering for a project with BPP Pro Bono Centre, you’ll see the impact of law in everyday life while impressing future employers. Your free time has never been better spent.

• Help improve access to justice • Practise vital legal skills like presentation, research techniques and working with real clients • Experience different areas of law • Enhance your understanding of academic theory • Work alongside qualified lawyers

Advice Quality Standard Awarded to the BPP Legal Advice Clinic (BLAC) Leadership of the Year UK Social Mobility Awards 2019 (shortlisted) Best New Pro Bono Activity LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2018 Best Pro Bono Contribution

Since 2016, we’ve provided free legal education to over

The Yorkshire Legal Awards 2018 Gold UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Status UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service

members of the public through our Streetlaw project.


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Don’t let finances stand in your way.

Your studies should be a smart investment. That’s why we offer a range of options to help you fund your legal training.

Future Finance loans Funding is also available via Future Finance student loans, where you can borrow between £2,000 and £40,000 to pay tuition fees and living expenses for higher education in the UK. * For more information, visit bpp.com/study/funding

Postgraduate loans Taught at Master’s degree level, our LLM courses will help you to develop the advanced legal knowledge and professional skills that employers demand. They are also eligible for a postgraduate loan up to £11,222, to help with course fees and living costs.

The loan is paid directly to you after you have registered onto your course. You will be paid in three instalments throughout the year. Postgraduate funding can only be used to fund one course, so if you have any queries about how to fund your studies, please ask your Admissions Officer.

Which legal training courses are eligible for postgraduate loan funding?

Our Law Conversion Course (PGDL) gives you the option to graduate with an LLM Law and Legal Practice , by completing an additional professional research project, Barrister Training Course (Part 1) or our (Coming soon) SQE 1 preparation course. Our LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) incorporates our Legal Practice Course (LPC) , giving you the essential training you need to become a qualified solicitor. Our Barrister Training Course (BTC) gives you the option to graduate with an LLM Legal Practice (Bar) , by completing an additional professional research project or our (Coming soon) SQE 1 preparation course.

Converting to law

Need advice on funding your studies? Speak to an Admissions Officer. +44 (0)3300 603 100

Becoming a solicitor

Becoming a barrister

* Please note that we do not act as a credit broker to Future Finance and are not responsible for providing the loan or assessing your eligibility for a loan. Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website.


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Law scholarships.

We hope that these awards will help those with the ability, potential and drive to achieve their ambitions, regardless of their background.

We’re committed to supporting the brightest future legal talent, from all backgrounds.

Andrew Chadwick Dean of BPP University Law School

What do we look for in your scholarship application? • Legal aptitude – including strong communication, leadership, innovation or entrepreneurship skills • Strong work ethic – examples of your exceptional discipline and drive • Commitment to the legal profession –

If you have the ambition and drive, you could be eligible for one of our postgraduate law scholarships. We offer a range of full and partial fee awards to help make your legal ambitions a reality. If you meet the basic eligibility criteria, we’ll also ask you to demonstrate evidence of your suitability. Check if you are eligible: bpp.com/ study/funding/scholarships

this can include work experience (legal or otherwise), pro bono or voluntary work

• Academic excellence – any relevant achievements in addition to grades • Personal background – we welcome candidates from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in law, first generation students, or those who have experienced hardship

Over £1 million is available across our law scholarships and bursaries fund each year.


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International students.

Study at one of the UK’s leading law schools, with a global reputation for excellence.

Virtual Open Evenings Find out why so many students and law firms trust BPP. Chat with expert tutors and International Admissions experts. To book your place, visit bpp.com/events

Our International Student Advisers can give advice and information on: • Choosing a course • Choosing your study location • Applying for Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) • Securing your study visa • Your finance options • Finding accommodation To speak to an International Student Adviser, contact admissions@bpp.com

We welcome aspiring law students from around the world. You can study with BPP online or at one of our UK study centres. Supporting you every step of the way We know that living and studying in another country can be daunting. That’s why we offer dedicated support and advice, throughout the application process and your studies, to make sure you have help and someone to turn to when you need it.


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Our locations.

Learn in the heart of thriving legal communities at our UK study centres, or online.

What you need to do next...

4. Apply for a scholarship As soon you’ve received your offer, you can apply for our law scholarships. To check if you are eligible, visit bpp.com/study/funding/ scholarships

Locations: • Birmingham • Bristol • Cambridge • Leeds • Manchester

1. Secure your place at one of our law events Get all the guidance you need to start your legal career journey. To register, head to bpp.com/events

• London Holborn • London Waterloo

2. Still have questions about your course or funding options? Speak to an Admissions

5. Book your Personal Open Day

A guided experience at one of our study centres, led by one of our senior tutors. See where you’ll be studying and meet the team who are here to support

Officer, who can advise you on term dates, course content, postgraduate loan funding and more. They can also put you in touch with one of our experienced tutors for a one-to-one call. To contact us, email admissions@bpp.com or call +44 (0)3300 603 100 3. Apply early and make us your first choice We recommend you apply as soon as you are ready. As one of the UK’s biggest providers of legal education, places on our courses are limited. Priority is given to applicants who have placed BPP University Law School as their first choice.

you. Ask your Admissions Officer for more details.

6. Accept your place To take immediate advantage of our Careers Service and plan your legal future.

Come and meet us, at a time and place that suits you Find out what it’s like to study with BPP at one of our year-round events. Practise your legal skills or get careers advice from lawyers at our Law

If you’re at university, find us at a Law Fair , or join us at one of our many workshops on campus . Look out for updates from your law society or BPP Campus Ambassador. Want to learn more about your course of choice? Join a Personal Open Day or a Virtual Open Evening .

Careers Workshops, Assessment Centre Experiences and i-Opening webinars .


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Make BPP University Law School your first choice. Speak to our Admissions Team

 +44 (0)3300 603 100  admissions@bpp.com

Disclaimer: This information is accurate as at the date of publication, June 2020. However, some information in it may change without notice. We reserve the right to withdraw or change any of the courses, locations, modes and/or alter entry requirements or tuition fees. All modules are run subject to demand and may differ across locations. This document is for guidance only and does not form part of any contract. For more information about courses, please refer to bpp.com. Before accepting any offer for a place at BPP, applicants should read the applicable terms and conditions available at bpp.com/terms-and-conditions

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