Store Street scoops first top grade in new ratings

The Law Society has awarded the College of Law’s London Store Street branch the first top grade under its new law school ratings system.

It is understood that, on a recent monitoring visit to Store Street, the Law Society panel awarded every aspect of the LPC provision the highest possible grade of ‘commendable’ practice.

This is the first time the College of Law’s LPC has been awarded top grades by the Law Society. Prior to the latest audit, the Store Street arm had a ‘very good’ rating.

The College of Law will provide a bespoke LPC to Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters from 2007.

As first reported by The Lawyer (10 October), the Law Society overhauled its grading system for assessing postgraduate law schools at the beginning of October.

Under the new system, law schools will be assessed and graded in six areas: teaching and learning the curriculum; assessment; students and their support; learning and resources; leadership and management; and quality assurance and enhancement. The assessments will be carried out on a three-year rolling cycle.

Until the changes were introduced, the Law Society gave law schools overall gradings of ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, ‘satisfactory’ and ‘unsatisfactory’.

As first reported by The Lawyer (3 October), the Law Society downgraded BPP Law School’s London branch from ‘excellent’ to ‘very good’ at the end of September. The move left only five legal education providers with an ‘excellent’ rating. These comprise Cardiff Law School, the Inns of Court Law School, Nottingham Law School, Staffordshire University and the University of the West of England.

The rating is subject to ratification by the Law Society Council.

The College of Law declined to comment. The Law Society confirmed that five grading visits have taken place under the new ratings system, but declined to comment further.