SRA puts kibosh on Kaplan’s aptitude test for admissions

Kaplan Law School’s plan to introduce an admissions test for the LPC has been dashed after the SRA blocked the move.

The law school’s controversial proposal, announced in October 2010, coincided with the Law Society launching an investigation into the viability of an aptitude test to make the application process fairer and reduce numbers of candidates taking the course.

A consultant is due to deliver a report to the Law Society next month on whether the LPC aptitude test should get the go-ahead.

In a statement the SRA said: “The SRA has not validated any LPC proposals which feature aptitude testing as part of the admissions arrangements. The SRA is aware that the Law Society is presently carrying out research into the possible merits of such tests and we await their findings with interest.”

Kaplan’s unilateral admissions test would have required students wishing to study the GDL or LPC to deliver a presentation, take part in a written examination and sit through a 10-minute interview.

Despite the rigorous nature of the assessment it won backing from a cohort of aspiring lawyers, who believe that LPC providers should be more selective
to give students a better chance of achieving training contracts.

College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage said: “It doesn’t surprise me that this has been turned down as it all seemed rather pointless and a bit of a gimmick.”

Kaplan confirmed the SRA decision but declined to comment further.