The Law Society has awarded the College of Law’s Store Street branch and BPP Law School’s Manchester arm the first top grades under its new law school ratings system.It is understood that, on a recent visit to Store Street and Manchester, the Law Society panel awarded every aspect of the LPC provisions the highest possible grade of ‘commendable’. This is the first time the College of Law has been awarded top grades by the Law Society. The Store Street arm previously had a ‘very good’ rating. The society overhauled its grading system for assessing postgraduate law schools last October. Under the new 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 College of Law and BPP declined to comment. The Law Society confirmed that five grading visits have taken place under the new ratings system, but declined to comment further.