Law students slam new-look LPC

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  • New LPC recognises Diversity

    As a mature student with work and family commitments, I am currently studying for the GDL part-time by distance learning which is a 2 year programme. I then will have to do the LPC part time by, also distance learning because as a self-funded student much as I would wish, I cannot afford to give up my current full-time employment in order to study full-time.

    I would naturally love get into my new chosen career as soon as possible, therefore the option of completing the LPC elective modules whilst on a training contract is of great a appeal for a number of reasons: 1. I can get into a my new career sooner than I anticipated, 2. the vocational experience should help with the electives, 3. I can maintain my financial and family commitments whilst completing my studies, 4. I'll be able to split the cost of the LPC over 2 years.

    The Diversity of students is being recognised by the SRA - not every aspiring lawyer is straight out of university with no other commitments in life. I sincerely hope that law firms offering training contracts will embrace these changes.

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  • SRA having to justify the time and cost of the review

    Surely this is more about the SRA having to justify the lengthy review plus costs of naval gazing at the LPC that was kicked off by the Law Society in response to the City LPC in 2001.

    The review is going to mean a lot of ill-prepared students let loose on the public, how is that within the SRA role of protecting the public?

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  • Disaster

    I think that it would be a disaster. If you are a trainee in a really busy department, then the chances are that you will be working long hours and will not have the time to devote to the training, whether that be your own time or the firm's. I believe this would be the case whether you work in a City firm or in a small high street practice.

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