Bristol University's threatened Legal Practice Course (LPC) looks set to be reprieved under a deal which will see it run in Bristol by Leicester's De Montfort University.
Although neither side would confirm the deal, The Lawyer understands that the unusual arrangement is close to being finalised.
Under the arrangement the course will continue to be based in Bristol. However the content of the course will be brought in line with De Montfort's courses in Leicester and Birmingham.
The reprieve comes less than a month after the university's senate voted to close the course on financial grounds.
The lifeline for the LPC course follows the Law Society's decision to lift its moratorium on additional legal practice course places.
The vote coincided with the lifting of the moratorium.
A key reason behind the decision to shut the course had been the university's inability to expand it in line with its business plan.