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Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP) has named University of Westminster School of Law as the latest institution to host its new nationwide part-time Legal Practice Course (LPC).
BILP, which is part of the University of West of England (UWE) is planning to run a part-time weekend course from premises at Coventry, Manchester Metropolitan, Southampton Solent and now Westminster universities from September 2009, when rules on how the LPC is taught will be relaxed.
Maurice Cook, director of BILP told Lawyer2B.com: “At the moment the universities which have joined us in this will only be acting as hosts for the new course. It will be UWE appointed tutors and our course content.”
But Cook said the consortium of universities hosting the new two-year course, being run in collaboration with Central Law Training (CLT), will start to play a more active role in terms of delivery as the programme starts to evolve.
BILP, which missed out on the lucrative City LPC consortium contract to BPP Law School last year, has plans to target small to medium sized law firms for its new course and is hoping to tap into contacts made by CLT, which specialises in post-qualification training.
“We’ve found that the demand for full-time courses is going down but students going for the part-time option is going up. With various economic pressures facing students, many have to work to support their studies so this type of course is perfect for them,” added Cook.