BPP hands training contract lifeline to cash-strapped student

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  • And of course, we are all supposed to believe that this is in no way a cynical marketing ploy from an institution that makes a lot of money by encouraging students to commit time and money to a course that once led to a decent career. Lets all please admit now that those days are long gone.

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  • This is nothing more than a mere publicity stunt.

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  • Almost every student at NCLT is involved in human rights, immigration and similar at some level, with most qualifying into small high street firms in those areas, but I don't see BPP rushing to give them all free courses, obviously BPP have had their fill of cheap publicity out of this.

    The £5900 figure seems odd too as NCLT was charging approximately £8000 for its LPC prior to withdrawal.

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  • This sort of spur-of-the-moment generosity is eye-catching, but is a poor substitute for more coordinated and structured access to legal education. While I couldn't say how much BPP does/doesn't provide on that front, the cost of this girl's free training will be spread among the fee-payers, helping keep the fees at the high level that was the reason she couldn't afford to go in the first place.

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  • Fantastic. BPP throw a few crumbs to the student with the most public sob story. How much money are they going to make from the thousands of students coming through their doors next academic year? How many of these students stand a realistic prospect of repaying the massive debts that many will likely incur? Does BPP include a realistic assessment of students' career prospects as part of its' publicity materials? Does anyone care???

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  • Peter Crisp lectured us as LPC students and he is a first class communicator. Not at all surprised that he has done this; many Lawyers are great at mentoring and encouraging aspiring Lawyers. I myself benefitted from a Scholarship place at BPP thanks to the Lawyer2B annual competition. Sometimes merit breaks down the financial barriers to entry. We just need more people to see the potential. Most of my LPC cohort did not come from 'monied' backgrounds. Congratulations Laura.

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  • Who cares? My strong impression from reading this story is that Laura Wrixon cares a lot. Whatever Peter Crisp's motives she now has the chance to prove that in her practice.
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  • Well done Peter Crisp

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  • Whatever Peter Crisp's motivations, it was an excellent bit of marketing and use of social media. Laura is right to thank BPP for the opportunity and BPP should be commended for stepping forward.

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  • Well done Jamie. I assume from the title of your website that you seek to represent the interests of those at the junior end of the legal profession. Do you not see that the huge numbers of graduates coming through the BPP LPC is one of the reasons for the over supply of junior lawyers? Do you not see that this drives down salaries, career opportunities and general quality of life for the group you apparently represent? Do you not see that however noble Laura's motivations are, Mr Crisp is motivated by BPP's bottom line. Perhaps one day you could be president of the Law Society, and then you could fail to represent lawyers at all levels.

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