BPP expansion plans trigger JLD crisis talks

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  • Am sure that the SRA has enough time on its hands to deal with this ......if it can drag itself away from its joint consultation on qualifying law degrees!!

    Ps - Northumbria Law School?!! No comparison to BPP ....

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  • And, where, may I ask Mr Poulter, is the emergency meeting going to be held? Within the M25? Because, obviously, the legal sector doesn't exist outside London .......

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  • Think Peter Crisp has avoided genuinely answering to the general opinion of the JLD. Crisp has shunned the argument that it's not about where you can study the LPC, the increasingly dangerous sitaution is what after the LPC?

    Dear Mr Crisp, what good is it for someone who can study the LPC in their home town, such as Newcastle, when no training contract is realistically available to them considering the unprecedented number of LPC graduates and training contracts available?

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  • I live in Liverpool - only one LPC provider in the city at the moment. Not sure that's fair competition to be honest.

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  • Pray where did the 9 JLD committee members study law?

    Chester
    Notts
    Leeds
    Manchester
    Chester
    Huddersfield
    Guildford
    London
    York.

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  • cant stop, got emergency mtg with JLD ..cancel all leave

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  • Well done JLD for taking your members and potential members issues seriously. Lots more unemployed, seriously in debt law students should not be actively encouraged.

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  • What the JLD is doing is both embarrassing and unprofessional. Their high profile fretting after a commercial decision has been made is pathetic and a good example of why so few lawyers engage with the organisation.
    Representation of the junior levels of the profession has got worse since the ill-judged decision to merge the Trainee Solicitors’ Group and the Young Solicitors’ Group. Whilst the latter group was undoubtedly failing, the former was strong and respected. As happens with such organisations though, as the committee approached qualification they sought to extend their time by changing the rules. T
    he result is this – a powerless organisation which fails to represent the junior members of the profession in an effective manner. Crisp is quite right to question their motives.

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  • Sorry to rain of this particular parade, but there are no "crisis talks" or even an "emergency meeting". There is a regular Saturday JLD meeting on 6th November - but this had been planned for months.
    However this doesn't detract from the fact that the ever increasing numbers of LPC places provided by BPP (and others) far out-strips the declining number of training contracts available. The sad reality is, thanks to this "dash for cash" by profit making institutions like BPP, at an average cost of approx £10K , the only certainty at the end of an LPC course for an increasing number of BPP's students is debt.
    But it is likely, as the JLD is concerned with the welfare of JLD students and junior lawyers, that this will be raised at Saturdays meeting.
    Simon Baker
    JLD Executive Officer

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  • @Reg
    I am not sure what you are trying to get at with your comment about where the JLD exec committee studied law??
    As Simon said, we have a regular JLD national committee meeting on Saturday 6 November which has been scheduled since the beginning of 2010. It is a meeting where representatives from all the local JLD groups from around the country to meet to discuss what is happening to junior lawyer members around the country.
    @Alex
    I completely disagree and find your comments highly unprofessional and embarassing. If you are that jaded by or do not like what the JLD are doing then why don't you get involved. It is very easy to sit there passively and criticise. The JLD has only been around for the last 3 years and it is constantly evolving. The exec committee give up considerable amounts of their time both at work and outside of work to create opportunities for the JLD.
    If you worked as hard as we did, then maybe you would not be so quick to comment.

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