THE SENATE at Bristol University has voted to close its Legal Practice Course as a result of a global Law Society freeze on increases to the number of course places being offered across the country.
The vote is almost certain to lead to the course's closure although it is uncertain whether this September's course will run or not.
The move has been met with dismay by the staff at the university's Department of Professional Studies who said in a statement that the course was 'widely acknowledged as being of the highest quality'.
The senate's vote marks the culmination of a review of the course which was instigated by Professor Michael Furmston, the Dean of the university's law school, after the Law Society refused to allow it to take on more students.
Ironically, only last week the Law Society announced a lifting of the moratorium on additional Legal Practice Course places.