BPP and CoL in fees spat

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  • BPP FEES

    I am an ex BPP student having passed the BVC. I have generated around 30K expenditure on GDL BVC LLM and still cannot secure a pupillage. The BPP experience is similar to flying with easy jet (but easy jet takes you further). Law schools must not be allowed to continue training too many professionals as many people are generating huge debts to get qualified as Barristers, Lawyers and end up serving Burgers in Mac D

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    Why should law schools not be allowed to continue to train potential lawyers? This is a free market and people can train (and be trained) if they wish. No firm/chambers promises one a job merely for having completed an LPC/BVC at BPP or anywhere else: that is a necessary but not sufficient condition. A law school does as it says: schools you in the law. Anything after that is up to the individual and market forces.

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  • bvc course

    Why are all this collages offering hundreds of places on this bar vocational courses at astronomical fees when there is absolutely no chance of securing a pupilage unless you are from a select background?

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    Being able to spell 'college' and 'pupillage' isn't just something for people from select backgrounds - knowing how to spell what you are applying for is a right enjoyed by everyone. Even if you personally have chosen not to exercise it, Daven. I can't THINK why you didn't get in.

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    I think Greg is being a bit harsh and missing the point by highlighting a couple of typo's on Davens' message.

    This is a serious issue if only because the Bar Council constantly talking about opening up the profession to a diverse rather than niche portion of the public, however Chambers are not looking to exploit the life skills and experience that non-tradtional pupils would offer.

    That is down to the demise of non-funded pupillage opportunities and that Chambers like to recruit in their own image; Middle-class, academically slanted. The frustrating thing about this is that the Bar is a vocational career, not an academic exercise, and despite not being tutored to pass exams at my school, I know for a fact that I could do a much better job for any chambers than a 23 year graduate with no life experience outside of their middle class bubble.

    So people in my situation have to work that bit harder, but there is nothing new in that - I have been fighting all my life.

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  • BPP Fees

    BPP is really not worth the extra £1000. Without the academic links that a real university environment can offer it needs to compensate with a better service as a business. The GDL is done well there, but their LPC course was very bad. The standard of teaching was quite unreliable for both courses. Many tutors are great but unfortunately a few were so unhelpful that their classes were actually detrimental to our learning. When this is in a core skill it is devastating. Although we requested a change in tutor through the student reps the issue was not even considered. This is just not a good enough service for a business that charges so much - and shows this provider has forgotten to treat its customers with respect.

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