City launches summit on future of LPC

The ‘City LPC’ consortium of premier firms has invited the nation’s top law schools to present their views on the future of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May, the five firms signed-up with BPP Law School for delivery of a specially-tailored LPC, are taking early soundings in the light of the regulatory changes that might come into effect as early as September 2008.

The changes result from the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) review of the content and structure of the LPC.

As well as BPP, arch-rival the College of Law has also been invited to submit, which enjoys the exclusive patronage of Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.

London’s Inns of Court School of Law has also been invited, as has Nottingham at Kaplan Law School, which is engaged in a campaign to break the stranglehold on top 10 firms enjoyed by BPP and College.

As first reported by The Lawyer 29 January 2007, Nottingham at Kaplan has hired Lovells litigation partner Keith Gaines as its new dean. Gaines will join in May and is charged with leading the school’s LPC, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and with building its research profile.

The City consortium have invited the LPC providers to submit proposals for developing a new course when the regulatory changes come into effect.
Possibilities include allowing students to study the electives while doing their training contract, which would significantly shorten the time it takes to complete the LPC. The schools will present their ideas in May.