Law Soc gives Nottingham at Kaplan top marks

Nottingham Law at Kaplan Law School’s Legal Practice Course (LPC) has won top marks across the board from the Law Society.

The Society awarded the LPC its highest ‘commendable’ grade on all six assessment areas: teaching, learning and the curriculum; assessment; students and their support; learning resources; leadership and management; and quality assurance and enhancement.

The Society spent three days at Kaplan’s London campus examining the course, which it praises in its report for its “well produced materials”, “highly motivated and knowledgeable staff”, “excellent rapport between tutors and students” and “varied and extensive” pro bono programme.

The rating will be a welcome endorsement for Nottingham at Kaplan, which is in the midst of a campaign to break the stranglehold on top firms held by rivals the College of Law and BPP Law School.

Just weeks before it launched in the capital in September, the school’s London ambitions received a severe blow when the City LPC Consortium of five top firms decided to renew its contract with BPP (The Lawyer, 2 August 2007).
BPP will continue to run the £15m LPC contract with the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May consortium for a further two years while it develops a new course for the five firms, which will start in September 2009. The new contract is expected to last until 2012.

The College of Law, meanwhile, boasts exclusive relationships with firms including Allen & Overy, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.

Nottingham at Kaplan launched a new campus with an intake of 100 students in London’s Borough area in September. Mayer Brown is currently the only firm on its roster.