College of Law designs unique LPC for BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has teamed up with the College of Law to provide a bespoke LPC for the firm’s future trainees.

BLP trainees starting the LPC in September 2006 will be in classes with students from other firms for all the compulsory subjects and in firm-specific groups for the elective subjects.

The move means that all future BLP trainees will now have to study the LPC at College of Law’s brand new Moorgate branch, which is expected to be opened in the summer. BLP hires around 30 trainees a year.

In 2004 magic circle firms Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters split from the City LPC consortium to sign up for bespoke course with the College of Law. The remaining members Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May signed up exclusively to BPP Law School’s City LPC course.

The college’s director of vocational programmes Scott Slorach described the course as a “hybrid” and said one of the advantages of the putting students in the same class is that they “bond” better.