A growing number of aspiring lawyers are looking to cut down the length of their academic training, with law school giants BPP and College of Law (CoL) reporting higher-than-expected demand for their two-year law degrees (LLB).
CoL’s new LLB has attracted more than 600 applications, marking a 50 per cent boost compared to initial predictions.
The degree will cost £18,000 in total, with only £12,000 of that supported by governmental higher education funding (24 January 2011).
Board member for business development Sarah Hutchinson said: “We’ve been pleased by the even stronger than expected interest in our LLB in its first year from both potential students and the legal profession.”
Due to the increase in enrolments, CoL is increasing the number of centres to offer the LLB to include Bristol and York in 2013. CoL also delivers the LLB Law in Birmingham, Chester, Guildford and London Bloomsbury (1 March 2012).
Meanwhile, BPP Law School has seen a boost of 79 per cent in total applications for its LLB, which includes a significant increase in its two-year programme.
The two and three-year programmes, which are taught at BPP University College, cost £5,000 and £6,000 per year respectively (6 September 2012).
Dean of BPP Peter Crisp said: “We believe that the surge in applications is not just as a result of our affordable tuition fees; we’ve noticed an emerging trend over the past few years for more students opting for career relevant degrees, which lead to a direct route to a profession or business of their choice upon completion.”
BPP was the first UK private provider to become a university college since 1976, now providing the law degree across seven locations, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester (24 September 2007).