High Court rejects students' tuition fee JR bid

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  • Unfortunatly everyone loses with the Government's withdrawal of HE funding; students lose because they get saddled with more debt, Universities lose out as even at £9000p/a the majority will still be making a huge loss, the professions lose as diversity of access is lessened (yes there are a few apprenticeship-style recruitment drives but they will not be big enough to take on the remainder of the prospective lawyers) and arguably society loses as there is less incentive for young people to have the ambition to join the legal profession. Even joining through the newly-chartered (C)ILEX costs money even if not as much as a degree. It won't even ease much pressure for that many from the Training Contract scramble as the number of firms offering TC's (and the number being offered) is going down as well. The Judicial Review attempt was brave but doomed from the start as the ECHR only guarantees the right to an education up to the basics and the diversity would doubtless be wriggled out of by afforementioned (C)ILEX and apprenticeship routes.

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