Students welcome Kaplan LPC admissions test

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  • First of all if I may take the point made by Jennifer Sugden, yes it is true that students work extremely hard on their A-Levels and indeed on their degree with the idea of pursuing a career in the legal profession. The fact of the matter is the legal profession is getting more and more competitive each and every year, record numbers are embarking on the LPC in the hunt for a training contract. At the end of this process many end up jobless, let me put forward this question: What is better for law students; to pay £10,000+ to do a course which can only really lead to a career in the law or to prompt reconsideration by way of further assessment before the LPC and keep options wide open by having a highly sought after degree? I think the answer is clear. A second and brief point (again in response to Jennifer Sugden) is that there are no strictly enforced entrance requirements to the LPC, providers are operated in an unregulated system which effectively allows any law graduate with money or a friendly bank manager to come onto the LPC – so it may be of a disadvantage initially to those who work hard and achieve top grades in that they have to sit another exam, but in the TC hunt it will benefit them as there will be less competition, in theory.
    In conclusion the entrance tests should be rolled out across all LPC providers.

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  • Northern Ireland has had an admissions test for the solicitors training course (www.law.qub.ac.uk/ipls) for years. It does not deter poor candidates, all it does is deter people who cannot afford the ridiculously overpriced tuition required to have any chance to be successful in the test.

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