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As the battle for postgraduate legal education dominance continues to rage the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice has teamed up with Central Law Training (CLT) to launch a nationwide part-time Legal Practice Course (LPC).
Bristol Institute is planning to run a part-time weekend course from premises at Coventry, Manchester Metropolitan and Southampton Solent universities from September 2009, when rules on the way the LPC is taught will be overhauled. The institute is also in advanced negotiations with a London institution.
Steve Dinning, head of Bristol Institute, said: This is an exciting opportunity for us to deliver a top quality course on a national basis at a competitive price. The programme will be based upon our flagship Bristol course and will be delivered using existing facilities at key locations across the country.
"We feel that this is the kind of course that the SRA wants LPC providers like us to develop in light of the changes that are planned for both the course itself and for the training contract", added Dinning.
Bristol Institute, which missed out on the lucrative City LPC consortium contract to BPP Law School last year, plans to target small to medium sized law firms for its new course and is hoping to tap into contacts made by CLT, which specialises in post-qualification training.
The institute is hoping to have around 100 students enrolled at each site in the next three years.
Maurice Cook, director of Bristol Institute, added: "We believe we have a programme that will be popular as it will be of high quality and very competitively priced".
Manchester Met, which will continue to provide its own LPC programme, is expected to come in as a full collaboration partner very soon.
The new course is subject to validation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.