BPP unveils flexible payment plans as NatWest pulls student loan

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  • Currently in the 2nd year of my law degree, I can definitely say that NatWest pulling their loans has had a dramatic effect on my own future. However, I would say that it will narrow the field, albeit to those who can afford to enter into the LPC.

    Perhaps universities need to look at their entry requirements, is it too easy to get a law degree nowadays? Most senior partners in firms barely scraped a 2:2 and now it is essential to have a 2:1 to apparently have the ability to succeed at the top!

    The legal system needs a complete overhaul! The BPP are merely increasing revenue opportunities to entice students into believing there is a life after the LPC if you don't have a training contract...I beg to differ!

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  • Degree grades have been inflated. 30 years ago a 2:2 was considered a 'good degree', a 2:1 was a very good degree and a 1.0 was virtually unheard of.

    I remember that Newcastle uni went 6 years without awarding a 1.0.

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  • If you are on your GDL and have taken out a loan already, then Natwest will still fund your LPC year. You can still apply before the 10th April for the loan, but double check if you're a non-law student if they'll suppport both years.

    I think it's just because there's so much competition that a 2.1 has become the basic. Firms can choose to be more selective.

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  • Do not be fooled, I got a third and applied to do my LPC at a prestious institution. Natwest claimed they were working in conjuntion with this LPC provider offering the Professional Trainee Loan. Hence I applied, not hearing from them in a month I contacted them to find out what is happening only to be asked what class of degree I had? Then the guy replied oh no you cannot get it based on that class. So I went back to my provider and said please inform your prospective students of the flawsof your system. They quickly refused to take the blame for NATWEST so dont be fooled they were not helping students in the first place. I found my way out in the end.

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