College of Law gets Law Soc’s blessing

The Law Society has awarded all five of the College of Law’s branches top marks after a recent assessment visit.

The law school’s branches in Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, London and York have now received the Law Society’s ‘commendable practice’ grade, its highest rating in all six assessment areas, for its LPC.

College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage said: “It’s very important, especially as a degree-awarding institution and national provider, that we deliver the same high standards in each of our centres.”

Meanwhile, the college’s arch-rival BPP Law School has received top marks in five out of six assessment areas for its Waterloo branch.

The society overhauled its grading system for assessing postgraduate law schools in October 2005. Under the revised system, law schools are assessed and graded in six areas: assessment; leadership and management; learning and resources; quality assurance and enhancement; teaching and learning the curriculum; and students and their support.

The assessments will be carried out on a three-year rolling cycle. The Law Society previously gave law schools overall gradings of ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, ‘satisfactory’ and ‘unsatisfactory’. The ratings are subject to ratification by the Law Society Council.

The assessment, which follows visits from the Law Society in November and December 2006 and earlier this month, is subject to ratification by the LPC board later this year.