City consortium to fast track trainees through LPC

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  • Unfair

    What i don't understand is that if BPP can design a fast-track course for the consortium why it can't do the same for everyone else? Surely, that would result in cheaper fees all round? It seem pretty unfair!!

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  • Worrying trend

    I've got some worries about everyone cutting down content and reducing the length of course. What we're focussing on is putting more depth and rigour into our LPC.

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  • Worrying Trend 2

    I share Nige Savage's concerns. If the LPC full-time takes one year then I fail to see how a part-time course can also take one year without some loss of depth and rigour. Whilst the SRA may want flexibility of delivery of LPC courses this should not be at the expense rigour when the profession requires and,indeed, needs highly qualified solicitors who can provide clients with an excellent service.

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  • About time!

    Having completed the LPC last year, I think it is about time the colleges offered a shortened version of the course.
    The electives term in particular was very frustrating, with minimal contact time with tutors and very little work to keep students occupied between classes. Whilst this style of learning suits some, those straight out of a 3 or even 4 year law degree, many of whom may also have completed masters, find it an incredible waste of time. This, at a stage in many students' lives, when they are keen to get earning asap.

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  • Corners cut?

    Having recently completed the LPC I feel there is no way that the compulsory element of the course could be shortened. That period is already conjested and if anything, too much material is crammed into a relatively short-period. This said, the elective period was relatively slack in comparison, but I fail to see how BPP can shed two-and-a-half months without cutting corners.


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  • LPC is a joke for City solicitors

    The LPC is a total waste of time anyway for anyone going to a City firm (ie nearly everyone at the top law schools).

    All you need to do is the Business bit, for your corporate seat, and you could do the Debt, Equity and Private Acquisitions electives during a three week summer course at your firm before you start your training contract in Sept. What was the point of doing criminal litigation? Or advocacy - who ever gets to advocate at a City firm?

    The SRA should bring in 2 different LPC courses - one for people going into the City firms, and one for people going to high street firms.

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  • Some realism...

    The LPC is, as most lawyers know, a bit of a doss. Most law schools take two months to teach you something which could be done in two weeks. Hopefully this shortened LPC will allow students to get out into the world of work which is where they will learn most of the skills necessary to be a good lawyer in any case. Future students will hope that this is the first step on the way to making it a two month course after you finish University and before you start work.

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  • £$£$£$

    Let's be honest; this is about getting more bums on seats and making more money. Presumably the shorter course will costs less than presently, but probably not half, whilst numbers will probably double or thereabouts (I recall an article about graduates flocking to law from banking... opportunism?). BPP is an excellent school (I went), but even better money maker.

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  • A joke?

    To the post, obviously from a City lawyer, "The SRA should bring in 2 different LPC courses - one for people going into the City firms, and one for people going to high street firms." So its the City or high street? A rather arrogant post considering the high quality national and regional firms that exist.

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  • to Nelson Mandela

    Be warned, having spent many years working in the City in commercial fields and on being made redundant recently I decided on a career change. I am now a criminal advocate - thank God for that training in the long run! Surely the best thing about a diverse professional training course is that gives flexibility when -like now- the fan is hit?

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  • Very disappointing Nelson

    Nelson Mandela - clearly you work in one of the corporate slaughterhouses, so the LPC would have felt like a waste of time for you as paginating isn't really covered. However, there are plenty of City firms where you can advocate and use many of the other skills taught on the LPC. The LPC does not just prepare you for your job, it gives you the basic skills you need to be a solicitor: a professional person, an officer of the court, someone whose job it is to help uphold the rule of law and set an example of integrity to others. And yes, while criminal litigation and probate are unlikely to crop up in corporate practice, to deserve the professional title of 'solicitor' the public expect us to have at least a very basic understanding of these areas.

    The LPC provides just that. Furthermore probate, and perhaps even criminal law, will almost certainly crop up in our personal lives or those of our friends and family from time to time. Specialisation is an inveitable consequence of the develpment of our economy and legal services industry, and is a good thing, but we must not lose sight of what we, as solicitors, are.

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  • A doss!?

    Judging from these comments I must be really thick. I found the LPC very hard work and actually could have done with a lot more time for the compulsories. Thought the amount of time for the electives was ok. But then I'm clearly not the sharpest tool in the box!

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