BPP ups cost of legal courses for 2012 starters

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  • How can BPP justify charging a grand more than any other provider for the LPC at a time when training contracts are so scarce! What changes have happened in the last year that can justify a rise in fees full stop! And if I take their 'brilliant' law loan and borrow 13550 (not to mention living costs) I will have to pay Investec 285 a month, and be charged 3 1/2 grand on top of the loan!! unbelievable - some lifeline!!

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  • I am actually speechless. Well I'm not, I'm actually swearing a fair bit. I've surprised myself with the inventive language I'm coming out with.

    How long can this go on for?

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  • Well law colleges will continue to hike the prices as long as people are prepared to pay the prices.

    Ultimately the price is determined by consumer.

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  • The price shouldn't be determined by the Consumer. The Law Society should step in and set fixed (or certainly maximum) prices or provide guidance on charging students.

    They do this for starting salaries for training contracts so why not the LPC? Afterall, 99.999% of those doing the LPC will want a training contract.

    If the LPC costs close to £13k and a minimum training contract salary is a few thousand more, where is the immediate incentive?

    So much for trying to make law and its practice available to all....

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  • What an absolute joke!

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  • And there goes all the effort of diversity out of the window. If the Law Society would really care about diversity and equal opportunities it certainly would either provide more funding or limit the abilities of LPC provider to do whatever they want.

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  • The price is not determined by the consumer - the BPTC, in particular, is a product that people are compelled to buy by the regulator, regardless of its actual value, which is offered by an oligopoliy of four institutions that invariably charge similar or identical prices.

    If new providers were able to enter the market and offer (say) a three month intensive course, at half the price, with a view to sitting the same exams, then prices would undoubtedly fall. This is precisely what is done in New York and it works well there.

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  • Why are people complaining?

    Firms pay for the LPC not the students!

    Students shouldn't be paying for the LPC anyway.

    If there is a demand for new solicitors then firms will pay.

    Students shouldn't be spending their money if there is no demand.

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  • This is absurd. The price just cant represent value for money! Especially when other providers offer the same product for hundreds less!

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  • "Why are people complaining?

    Firms pay for the LPC not the students!

    Students shouldn't be paying for the LPC anyway.

    If there is a demand for new solicitors then firms will pay.

    Students shouldn't be spending their money if there is no demand"


    And where in this article is the discussion limited to just the LPC? If you READ it you would see it covers the GDL and BPTC also...which "firms" do not pay for. Good grief...

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  • I am extremely interested to do GDL and then LPC but GDL is my first step. I want to apply for lawyer b2 programme, if you please guide me what to do first and how I can qualify for this course in 2012 session. Please let me know what to do. I will remain grateful to you. Many thanks.
    Nadir.

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  • "Why should people complain?"

    Contrary to popular opinion, firms training budgets are not bottomless pits. Fees go up but training budgets don't, which means less graduates get jobs, more end up on benefits, the whole of society suffers.

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