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In the biggest shake-up in legal education since the launch of the LPC, the College of Law has become the first non-university-affiliated law school to win degree-awarding powers.
From September 2006, students completing the college’s GDL and LPC will graduate with a law degree (LLB) rather than a diploma. It also has the power to award students LLMs.
College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage said: “This is a big difference in status for us. It’s a public acknowledgment from the Government that we’ve achieved a certain standing.”
College of Law arch rival BPP Law School has also applied for degree-providing status, but has not yet received government approval. BPP chief executive Peter Crisp said he does not expect the results of the Quality Assessment Agency (QAA) review until mid-2007, but declined to comment further.
Savage added: “The college isn’t going to get into undergraduate law degrees in competition with the universities.” He did not rule out the possibility of going head-to-head with universities in the future, however.
The Privy Council’s decision to bestow degree-awarding powers follows a review by the QAA and a recommendation to the Department for Education and Skills.
“Increasingly students are degree shopping,” Savage explained. For example, most overseas students who want to be international lawyers want a US or English law degree and would be happy to study in either country.