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BPP Law School has made another wave of significant fee increases just days after being attacked by rival the College of Law for a double-digit hike in the cost of its Legal Practice Course (LPC).
The cost of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at BPPs Waterloo and Holborn branches will jump by 8 per cent from 7,490 to 8,100 for 2008-09. Meanwhile, BPP has increased its Bar Vocational Course (BVC) fees by 11 per cent from 12,700 to 14,150. The move makes BPP the most expensive law school in London for the LPC, GDL and BVC.
As first reported by Lawyer2B.coms sister magazine The Lawyer last week (3 March) College of Laws chief executive Nigel Savage hit out at BPP after it announced a 10 per cent rise in the cost of its LPC despite already being the dearest law school in London. The City Law School is the second most expensive LPC provider in London.
Peter Crisp dean of BPP said in a statement: "Our fee increases reflect the cost of our programmes. BPP's offering is recognised as the highest standard of education available in the market and our fees are based on the service which students receive. They reflect the excellent delivery of our programmes and the value we place on employing the best teaching staff, many of whom have come from backgrounds in practicing in leading City law firms.
In contrast GDL fees at the College of Law have gone up by just 5 per cent from 6,980 to 7,330. BVC fees at the college, meanwhile, have been hiked by 7 per cent from 12,080 to 12,930.
The City Law School has announced a 3 per cent rise in the cost of the GDL from 6,750 to 6,990. Citys BVC fees are being upped by 4 per cent from 12,700 to 13,250.
Kaplan Law School, the London arm of Nottingham Law School (NLS) has also increased its GDL fees by 8 per cent from 7,200 to 7,800. Kaplan does not run the BVC.