BPP, the cash-strapped student and the ultimate prize

Never underestimate the power of The Lawyer. In the past our stories have led to mergers, our tips have led to laterals and our diary snippets have led to red faces around the water cooler.

But rarely has our coverage had such a tangible impact as that revealed by today’s story that BPP has offered to pick up the tab for a graduate to study on one of its courses after reading all about her plight on www.thelawyer.com.

The story goes like this. University of Essex graduate Laura Wrixon was all set to study on the National College of Legal Training (NCLT)’s weekend scheme until it pulled the plug on the course. On Wednesday (29 May) Wrixon blogged on The Lawyer sister magazine Lawyer2B about how she was now effectively stranded as there was no way she could afford the tuition fees of £13,950 charged by BPP for a similar course.

Cue BPP dean Peter Crisp who, the very next day (for those paying attention that’s yesterday) got in touch with Wrixon, offering her a full bursary.

Wrixon’s reaction? “He has changed my life and I can now pursue my dream without the worry of debt. It’s crazy how much that one little tweet has led to. I am in total shock.”

Most students love a good freebie, but rare is the bookworm who snares a prize quite as valuable as this.

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