OU set to be largest single provider of law courses

THE OPEN University is on course to become the largest single provider of law degree courses, according to the head of its new degree course.

Gary Slapper, formerly director of Staffordshire University's law degree course, offic ially took up his post this week, but has been working with the College of Law's director of academic studies Roger Earis over the summer to devise the new course.

The course will begin in February and the university is currently enrolling students. So far 600 people have signed up, but the university has pencilled in places for 1,000 students, which would make it the largest law degree provider.

Slapper said that the course should prove attractive to unqualified staff working in law firms and chambers.

“I think employees will welcome the flexibility of the course, which allows them to study whenever and wherever they wish,” he said.

Both the Bar Council and the Law Society have approved and welcomed the course.