College of Law LPC course wins Law Society backing

The College of Law’s new approach to the LPC has won the approval of the Law Society’s Legal Practice Course Board and will be taught from September 2001.

The new course has been approved ahead of those formulated by the three providers – Nottingham Law School, the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and BPP – which were chosen last year by a consortium of eight City firms to establish a new City LPC.

Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, says that the most radical change introduced by the new course is the choice between a corporate or a general commercial pathway. The course also paves the way for online delivery of the LPC.

“The course is not a knee-jerk reaction to the consortium, but a clearly-articulated programme for developing the LPC in the right context for everyone,” says Savage.

Other features include an increased focus on “black letter law”, with opportunities to revisit basic principles in the classroom and online; a more rigorous approach to legal research, writing and drafting, particularly on screen; and a regular reinforcement of skills training in the context of practical learning.