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Theres no denying that there are plenty of benefits of doing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in London especially for those of you who dream of a City training contract.
My recent travels, however, have proven that if you arent quite ready to face the smog then there are plenty of reputable LPC providers outside the capital including the likes of the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OxILP). And for those of you who would like to venture further north then why not check out the postgraduate law schools at the universities of Northumbria and Huddersfield.
I visited OxILP earlier this week and had a tour of their new premises at Headington Hill Hall. The law school is due to move in September following its takeover by Oxford Brookes University.
As you wouldve expected the palatial surroundings of the former home of the late Robert Maxwell, the disgraced media tycoon, were a real eye opener especially the bathroom. Indeed, you couldnt imagine anything more different from the corporate feel of the College of Laws Moorgate branch, which is situated a stones throw away from some of the Citys leading firms including Linklaters, Simmons & Simmons and Slaughter and May.
But it was more than the surroundings that caught my imagination as it didnt take long for me realise the numerous other benefits of studying outside London including most significantly the cost - not just in terms of fees but also living expenses. The other advantage of course is access to university accommodation and the community atmosphere of being on a campus, which is something youre unlikely to get from non-university affiliated law schools.
Im planning to continue my tour of non-London law schools for a special report in the Autumn issue of Lawyer 2B so keep an eye out for it.
Now, changing the subject altogether it was mid-summers day last Saturday meaning the summer vacation scheme season is now in full swing. To mark the occasion I have a real treat for you Chris Snell the president of Birmingham Universitys law society is going to write a weekly blog on his placements. Heres the first instalment: Not quite champagne.