BPP to trump CoL with launch of three regional branches

BPP Law School is on course to overtake arch-rival the College of Law (CoL) as the biggest Legal Practice Course (LPC) provider as it gears up to launch three new branches.

Peter Crisp
Peter Crisp

BPP is planning to open in Cambridge, Liverpool and Newcastle next year, a move that will give the law school nine branches compared to CoL’s eight. The move follows BPP’s expansion into Birmingham and Bristol earlier last month.

BPP dean Peter Crisp said: “Our vision is to have our programmes available all over the country to expand our geographical footprint. These cities have very thriving legal communities so it’s great that we can serve all those committed to law.”

Each new centre is validated to house between 40 to 60 LPC students meaning that BPP will still be playing catch-up with the CoL in terms of student numbers.

Elsewhere, BPP has also recently signed up a further five clients to its now 24-strong LPC client roster, which includes the City LPC consortium comprising Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May.

The rapid expansion follows BPP becoming the first privately owned institution to be awarded university status in over 30 years, as reported in on TheLawyer.com (26 July).

The launches are subject to authorisation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority vaildation.