College of Law plans Bristol invasion

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  • I think C of L in Bristol will do well, simply because most Bristol University students who want to stay in the city to study their LPC will choose them over defecting to UWE (tarted up as BILP). I know I would have if I had the chance.

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  • Perhaps you should find out more before you make your decision. Look at our entry in Chambers. Read the article that Lawyer2B published last autumn. Note that we have carried the highest possible rating from the SRA for many years.

    We have an innovative course, newly refurbished premises and experienced tutors teaching primarily in their own practice areas, who know you by name and are interested in your progress.

    We have an open day/law fair on 28 October that will be attended by many local firms. Come to meet us and make an informed judgment!

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  • I have to disagree with the first post. When I was deciding what course to go to I found UWE’s BILP to have the best reputation, as their LPC course has received the top ranking since its conception. Now pretty much every one gets excellent, but it you look into it the criteria changed a few years ago to make it easier to gain top scores.

    Also, I found the staff to be more approachable when visiting the course providers and found out that BILP’s staff have been there for a number of years and are a close knit bunch, which makes it so much easier when studying.

    Contact time is important at BILP. I have friends who chose to go to CoL and they said a lot of their course was completed remotely with online links. Now m first reaction to this was excellent, but I thought about this more closely and to be honest when you’re paying more money than other institutions and getting less contact time, that doesn’t seem like a good equation!

    In the end, I decided that I wanted to go to BILP (who, by the way, are very proud of being part of UWE) and I had an amazing year. I can honestly say even if I had the choice between CoL and BILP in Bristol I would still choose BILP, and anyone that properly looks into the courses will do the same – CoL have made a strategic error; they would have been better setting up in a city without an LPC provider. They’ve set themselves up to fail.

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  • It is notable that Kerry James herself (from BILP/UWE) is going to work at the College of Law now. Perhaps she went to meet The College and made an informed judgment, like she says!

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  • Considering the announcement that Kerry James is jumping ship over to the College of law, maybe she wasn't as confident in BILP as she had us believe.

    No doubt we will be hearing the same cries of 'loyalty', 'proud of our course' and 'don't listen to the other providers' from the College of Law camp.

    However, hopefully this will help expose the PR rubbish that is inflicted by the providers on undergrad's considering the LPC.

    An embarrassing day for those who genuinely care about healthy, quality legal education.

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  • So many post-grad places and so few trainng contracts. The College of Law is obviously doing exceptionally well following the receipt of all its fees. Millions and millions of pounds all to further the charity's aim of promoting education. Education is being promoted at the extreme detriment to the students who embark on a voyage which could prove fruitless. Stuck in a £15k paralegal job, whilst paying back your huge NatWest loan at 8% over 10 years. The CoL should be ashamed of itself. And if you fear my cynisism, why would a private equity company be purchasing BPP? Those boys are in it for the money. Students' sense of self importance fuels the providers and the City. I only wish I had enough money to invest in the Carlyle Group!

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  • Going to BILP at UWE must have been the worst mistake/choice I ever made. Not all is what it seems. On their Open Day, it looked fine, but later the reality hit home......a bad choice that I live to regret.

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  • Hi Anonymous (5th Sep 2010 5:48 pm) I know I am probably a little late to this debate, I am however in the process of deciding which of the big three in Bristol to accept an LPC offer from, it would be interesting to know why you were not happy with BILP?
    thanks

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