The Law Society has overhauled its grading system for assessing postgraduate law schools.
Under the new system, which was introduced at the beginning of October, law schools will be assessed and graded in six areas: teaching and learning the curriculum; assessment; students and their support; learning and resources; leadership and management; and quality assurance and enhancement.
Until now the Law Society has given law schools overall gradings of 'excellent', 'very good', 'good', 'satisfactory' and 'unsatisfactory'.
As first reported in The Lawyer last Monday (3 October), the Law Society downgraded BPP Law School's London branch from 'excellent' to 'very good' at the end of September. The move left only five legal education providers with an 'excellent' rating. These comprise Cardiff Law School, the Inns of Court Law School, Nottingham Law School, Staffordshire University and the University of the West of England.
It is understood that all the law schools will retain their existing grades until their next Law Society audit.
The assessments will be carried out on a rolling three-year cycle. The first set of assessments will be undertaken in December this year.