Price to study law rises, but University defends decision

Cardiff University Law School

By Anna Lewis

Cardiff University has led the way in a country-wide price increase in the cost of completing a specialist one-year law degree .

According to law specialists Lawyer2B, Cardiff has increased the cost of its law degree by 11 per cent, in what has been labelled the biggest jump in price compared to other universities.

As a result, those on the course will have to pay £14,340 to study including an initial deposit of £1,000. The increase is due to a rise in the cost of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) across all law institutions in the UK.

The BPTC is a vocational, one-year course which according to BSB closely resembles a Masters or a Postgraduate Diploma”.

In comparison to Cardiff, legal website Legal Cheek stated that other universities have increased their fees for law students at an average of 4.3 per cent for the next academic year. However, the University have since suggested that such statistics may be misleading.

A University spokesperson defended the increase by stating that it has actually been caused by combining the tuition fee with additional course costs such as books and the Bar Standards Board fee, totalling of £1,500.

This change was brought about in order to “ensure compliance” with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

The spokesperson also clarified that the tuition fee in question has only increased by £495 to a sum of £12,830, the equivalent of a four per cent increase.

By contrast, the most expensive location to study law remains the BPP Law School in London, which has seen fees rise 3 per cent to £19,040. The Bristol Institute of Legal Practice remains the cheapest avenue to gain the required law qualifications with costs of £13,795.

The news follows after new figures suggested that it may cost up to £127,000 for new students to become a barrister, in a statement given by the new chair of the Bar Council.

Speaking to the Guardian, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC stated that diversity and “social mobility” issues could follow as a result.