London to get extra LPC places

NEARLY 200 extra students will be admitted to the next Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, in London, despite mounting concerns about the glut of students who cannot find jobs.

The Law Society has agreed to the expansion because of the huge demand for course places in the capital.

But Richard Moorhead, chair of the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG), says the society should be restricting numbers. Capping course expansion is due to be discussed at the TSG meeting next month.

The society's training committee last month voted against a cap which it said could frustrate course development. But the matter is to be kept under review.

Committee chair Roger Jones, of Cardiff-based Merrils Ede, says that the move to increase places in London is justified because of high demand and the investment in the course by the college.

The move will also benefit ethnic minorities, who are concentrated in London, and who may find it more difficult financially to attend a course away from home in the provinces, says Jones.

Richard Holbrook, chair of the board of management at the College of Law, says students will be warned that a place on the course does not guarantee a training contract.