Uni of Law's Savage calls on SRA to focus on quality of legal practice courses

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  • What about: Legal Profession calls on Nigel Savage to give up his completely outrageous Half Million pound per annum salary?

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  • I think it's time for some Savage cuts in the number of the LPC places... (thank you)

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  • The head of the "University" of Law wants the SRA to provide "greater quality assurance schemes to ensure students are getting the right quality of education"?! Might I make a suggestion to the SRA that they include a standard called "so far beyond incompetent that languages the world over lack the appropriate adjective"?

    If the SRA were to carry out a rigorous appraisal at the moment I would be surprised if the "U"oL is judged as reaching standards any higher than my proposed category. Having taken my LPC at the CoL (as it then was) I have never been so appalled as I was by some of the tutoring. Some tutors were fantastic, I will freely admit, but my memory of them is badly tainted by the memory of being hauled out of a workshop by the course director and being formally reprimanded following a tutor's complaint about me.

    Did I deserve it? You might wonder, but I shall leave you to decide when I tell you the nature of the complaint. The tutor did not like me asking questions. Not objectionable questions, you must understand. Questions about law. Questions about the area of law that the tutor was supposedly teaching us, in fact. Apparently by asking questions that he was incapable of answering, I was bullying him.

    I've never been so disgusted in my life.

    Yes, "University" of Law... we all wish that there were standards to the LPC because then at least it might be slightly less of a colossal waste of our time and money to attend institutions like yours.

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  • Oh Jess, I bet you were a bundle of laughs on the LPC.

    Were you one of those annoying class mates that interrupted with so many "what if" and " what about this scenario" questions that it was difficult for the tutors to get through the scheduled content of a lecture or seminar in the time allotted?

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  • Is this a joke. Amongst all the other aspects of solicitors regulation we are expected to pay for through our practising certificate, do we now have to listen to this flight of fancy. By the way how much do these people now charge for their courses?

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  • I agree with previous comment: it is a complete outrage that Mr Savage has pocketed 1/2 Million pounds for the last number of years, all of this being funded by students most of whom have no choice whatsoever of becoming a barrister.

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  • We had somebody who kept asking questions. They were know as **** face by the students due to their intense pinched look.
    There is one in every class.

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  • Man responsible for delivering significant proportion of legal practice courses calls for increased regulatory intervention for the purpose of assuring quality in legal practice courses.

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  • I understand that the law colleges and course providers are businesses and it is in their interests to talk up law as a career. What I say to students on work experience (and at careers fairs) is that a decent law degree is a valuable commodity, but that mid course they should take a cold hard look at the legal jobs market before committing to the LPC as (especially if they are not one of the fortunate high fliers funded by their chosen firm) they will be spending a year unfunded AND paying several thousand pounds in fees AND they may well find that their best chance of employment after this is as a paralegal or an "administration assistant" (AKA filing clerk) in one of the legal factories now springing up. If that's OK with them, fine. But it needs to be spelt out clearly.

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