LPC providers freeze course fees

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  • Anyone that would pay that amount of money themselves without a training contract, or at least a job, at the end of the course is incredibly foolish.

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  • Relief indeed for all those lovely lawyers to be ...
    Not surprised that BPP is the most expensive - it is a UNIVERSITY after all .....and, no surprises on the College of Law 's 5% increase...after all, its fat cat Nigel Savage will need to maintain his quarter of a £million annual salary....how about a freeze on that Nige??

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  • This may not be strictly related, but I'm about to start my last year of my law degree and am wondering, if I don't get accepted for any of the training contract's I've applied for this summer (beginning 2012/13) is it worth doing the LPC?
    I really really want to become a qualified solicitor but I'm not sure I can do it at the expense of £10,000 or so, with a possibility of two years of my life being put on hold waiting for a training contract (if I'm not successful this year, but am next year), or, worse, still, with no sign of a training contract at all at the end of it?
    I know times are hard for those wanting to get into law, but they're hard everywhere right? Is going forward with law really as foolish as everyone says or is it just on a par with going with any other career option right now?

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  • Sharon QC needs to do her sums! The Chief of the College of Law, Nigel Savage actually received more like HALF a million (£440,000 was quoted in The Sunday Times, I recall). I do agree with her suggestion that this gets frozen. Pretty lucrative for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the Charity sector!

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  • I did the LPC in 2001 when it was £6,500.

    At that time I thought it was a complete waste of money as I could have chosen a career that pays more money, has better job security and is more enjoyable.

    Now there is even less opportunity and the course fee is ridiculous.

    Seriously Self funders are more likely to be unemployed.

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  • @Confused: I'm in a very similar boat to you, and I think that the short answer to your question is that it depends on what one’s own circumstances are, given the context of the dire general job market, which you rightly point to.

    Relevant individual circumstances might include (i) affordability, e.g. are you studying p/time & working f/time, or studying f/time with savings/generous relatives behind you?); if funds are tight, it might be better to postpone, and to improve your legal work experience (ii) the need or not to take the trad solicitor route (I'm certainly considering other areas of legal work, and the paralegal route followed by a later LPC), (iii) your existing legal work experience and/or chances of improving that before your next application, e.g. by doing pro bono, (iv) other factors like your age and how genuinely committed you are to following law (although we all realise that even with absolute singleminded cussedness in our sails, there are no guarantees).

    Good Luck, and I hope that this kickstarts some ideas for you (and me!).

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  • There are fantastic, equally rated and more than capable providers of the LPC across all regions that in response to market need have also frozen our already reasonably fees. If you study law at MMU in Manchester (the UK's second largest legal market) then expect to pay £8,250 for the LPC and £10,000 for the BPTC. With Pro Bono, work experience, student support and great professional contacts thrown in. The majority of Law firms are interested in the quality of the graduate and their academic and commercial achievements not the provider.

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  • In the interests of transparency (if it wasn't obvious enough already), I don't suppose Deborah Walker would be the Deborah Walker who is the business development manager at the MMU School of Law?

    http://www.law.mmu.ac.uk/academic-staff/?profileID=708

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  • OMYGOODNES.
    THIS IS A JOKE.

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