BPP caves in to pressure with fast-track LPC for all

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  • Requirement of a 2:1 degree in what? basketweaving, applied drama, needlework? Come on, everyone knows that a 2:1 these days is no guarantee of quality. Peter Crisp needs to wake up and realise that BPP know nothing about creating lawyers, only making money.

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  • well it's about time - but just can't understand how BPP can justify charging the same as the full length course - somebody is gaining something from this and it's certainly not just the students.

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  • Great, that means all those LPC graduates without a Training Contract can get on the dole 2 months sooner.

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  • Anonymous, not entirely sure why people getting the same qualification and the same about of teaching/materials/etc. ought to pay LESS just because they have shorter holidays!

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  • softies the lot of them ... :)
    bring back the LSF - let's have some exams worthy of the name; they'll soon be giving away legal qualifications inside cereal boxes

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  • The point of the bespoke 6 month LPC was purely to reduce the time between future trainees leaving university and starting work i.e. a trainee could finish Uni in June 2010, start the LPC in August 2010 before beginning their training contract in March 2011 (rather than having to wait until September 2011 under the old 9 month LPC). So all the talk about the 6 month LPC being elitist is a bit off the mark really ... it's just catering to law firm's (somewhat understandable) desire to cut the lag time between finishing uni and starting work. If I didn't have a training contract lined up or my firm didn't mind either way, I'd take the 9 month LPC everytime ... way more relaxed. But it all comes down to personal choice I guess- if people want to do have a brutal 6 months, all power to them.

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  • Minimum entry a 2:1. So they are still being elitist by automatically closing the door on potential ILEX qualified applicants who are at the stage of being allowed to take the LPC?
    All the more absurd when one considers that the ILEX route to becoming a solicitor will be increasingly appealing to students who will be affected by the rise in tuition fees.

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  • As a student who was forced to endure the misery and stress of the accelerated LPC I find it mystifying why ANYONE who has a choice would elect to take the accelerated course.
    Come exam time those students who chose the accelerated course will wish they had an extra 2 months to revise.

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  • The SRA should stand firm and reject this, but it probably won't/can't because of the precedent already set. Education is more than about intensively cramming (often quickly outdated) information into students' heads. The process should equip them to learn for themsleves into the future and that needs times time to allow ideas to be considered etc. Fast-track qualifications are like fast food, they appear to meet a need but only in the longer term are the pitfalls fully evident.

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  • I've been a lawyer for donkey's years and it has never been courses that made lawyers, accelerated or otherwise. Neither do 2:1's, expensive CPD or other hype. Great marketing though!... and that is what modern 'lawyering' is. Time to retire.

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