Law schools: Spoilt for choice

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  • Well at least (and at last) the Lawyer is giving a voice to providers other than the college and BPP. For too long the legal education pages have seemed to be virtually the exclusive platform for the postings of the Savage PR machine.

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  • The Spanish trawler analogy is unfortunate, as it is this particular creature which has driven the (smaller) British trawler to the brink of extinction.

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  • The "full time" LPC can be as little as 8 hours of tuition a week; certainly no more than 15h/w. There is way too much slack, specially for students up to their ears in debt and in a hurry to start work. It's not a particularly intellectually demanding course either, so it's not like students need lots of time to revise every week. The LPC could easily be completed in a much shorter time, or even in the evenings over one year. I think the CoL's reluctance to introduce a fast-track version is that the providers suspect that at some point people will start questioning whether these courses are really worth £10-£12K. They aren't.

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  • I agree with Anonymous (2:23pm). The LPC is not worth £10k! Compared to the £4k I paid to do the CPE/PGDL, which I understand is a far more demanding course, I am now expected to cough up £10k to do a course which requires less work, time and effort. Something smells a bit fishy here and it isn't a fish factory or trawler or any other fish-related apparatus!

    However, given the current market, I am quite relieved that I didn't do the LPC straight after completing the CPE (I looked on a job site yesterday to gauge how saturated the job market currently is...the fact that there were in excess of 500 (!) applications for some paralegal positions says it all). I am now a Graduate Member of Ilex and have only to complete the LPC in order to qualify as a Solicitor. Once I manage to save the money (about the 12th of never!) I may actually get qualified.

    Come on LPC providers - even £8k is too much! Give us a chance! I would be very interested to learn what it actually costs (staff, resources) to provide the course.

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