College of Law vs Kaplan vs BPP: law schools vie for top spot

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  • 'BPP have created a method of teaching and assessment based heavily on rote learning of their own manuals/solutions. Lessons are rigidly structured and assessments are through repetition of in-lesson exercises. No credit is given for independent thinking or wider knowledge, even in academic contexts'.
    To 'Anonymous | 13-Jul-2009 2:42 pm', I completely agree. Their style of teaching did not suit me at all. I worked extremely hard for the LPC all year and came out with an unimpressive 'pass', which suprised my tutors and peers since I understood all the concepts and contributed in class more than most. Collectively we called BPP an exam factory. Surely being a parrot does not prepare law students for practice? As much as I loved my time at BPP I now think I would have been better prepared for the exams and for practice by the open book policy of CoL.

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  • I am about the commence on the GDL (and then the LPC) at Nottingham Law School (NLS) this September. I was wondering what people think of the university? From what I can see, BPP isnt all that its made out to be. From past experience would you say college of law is better than NLS? Nottingham have more law students (96%) who manage to find a training contract, paralegal work or other legal related work whereas - from what i know, 80% of students at the college of law seen to find legal work.

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  • I agree with all the comments made about BPP being a slack setup. It is a sham of a company. The worst 12 grand I ever spent was on the BVC - terrible management...

    Please do not do it!!!!

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  • I have just started the GDL at BPP, and agree that the admin is terrible. But academically, the fact is they cut down a whole degree's worth of information to the stuff you need to know, and if you want to read around the subject in your own time for your own benefit, great. As for the percentage of students who find work in the legal sector, at least for the GDL this statistic is meaningless. Lots of students are doing the course for reasons other than working in a law firm.
    Having said that, I do intend to carry on working very hard, and will be disappointed if BPP have withheld some vital information from me that prevents me from getting a very good grade! In that respect, the exam factory set-up may not work, as there is not enough time to answer everyone's questions.

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  • I just graduated with honors non-law degree in the US and will be applying for GDL and possibly LPC in the UK, since legal education in the US not only takes 3 more years of academics but is getting more and more expensive. I'm interested in international law and am not sure whether I'll be necessarily working for a law firm. In that context I was wondering which of the GDL/LPC providers in the UK would be the best choice, does anyone have any comments on the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice?

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  • Wow I thought I was the only 1 having problems with bpp, Ive had terrible unbelievable problems with the staff unfortunately i was really looking forward to my time there waste of my life, a jealous old lady 'tutor' started bullying me, it even escalated to me being failed in exams and given very low poor marks. The staff I had contact with were unpredicatble and selfish,they ganged up on me to listen to this old lady, trust me if I could turn back time I would forget the fake hype, that is a result of clever marketting and just go to COL, my freinds had a grand time there while I was crying my eyes out the whole year.

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  • I have been accepted onth the GDL course at BBP and COL. However, regrect not applying to Kaplan. The comments I have read from above, partic' for concerned girl is a big worry! I just feel that BPP are more concerned for outcome!
    Any thoughts on Kaplan, I hear their good.

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