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Nottingham at Kaplan Law Schools been going on so much about its brand new London campus I had to go and find out what all the fuss is about.
So last week I ventured down to the South Bank to see what the newest entrant to the London legal education market has to offer.
Located opposite Sir Francis Drakes galleon the Golden Hinde and a stones throw from Southwark Cathedral, theres plenty going on around the law school building. The Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre are nearby. There are also lots of places to eat and drink. Indeed, if you're in the area and your parents are footing the bill I recommend Roast, which is right in the heart of Borough Market).
Walking around the law school the only thing that created the sense of something new was the smell of paint. The interior of the building isnt that dissimilar to those of its rivals. Saying that there was a nice ambience to the place. It felt professional without being too stuffy.
The students I met were really excited about being the first to enrol with the law school. And even though they wouldve been briefed by Kaplans PR Team, their answers seemed to be pretty sincere. The students had nothing but praise for the efforts the law school has made to welcome them into the fold. Their only complaint was the size of their lockers. But, even then, the school has promised to replace them with bigger ones.
Before you ask whether Kaplan has paid me to write this newsletter, the answer is no. To date I have been one of the strongest critics of Kaplans London launch. And although my recent visit to Borough Market has led me to believe that the US education giants intentions in the capital are serious, Im still not sure how, in the absence of LPC contracts with more than one firm, its going to fill the whole floor thats still lying empty.
Kaplan may have been able to win my affections with a cup of coffee and a giant muffin. But law firms and, indeed, future students are going to need much more persuasion.