UWE to offer cut-price part-time LPC for recession-hit students

The University of the West of England (UWE) has teamed up with Central Law Training to launch a new cut-price Legal Practice Course (LPC), as the College of Law and BPP Law School both prepare to open Bristol centres later this year.

The partnership sees the formation of the National College of Legal Training (NCLT) – an associate college of UWE, which will deliver the new LPC not only in Bristol but at Coventry University, the University of Westminster, Manchester Metropolitan University and Southampton Solent University.

The course, which is part-time only and will be taught over two years via a series of weekend lectures and seminars, will cost £5,900 and commence in September 2010. More than 100 places are available.

Academically it will be based on the full-time LPC already run by UWE, which will continue as normal, although prices will be reduced for this year’s intake from £9,095 to £7,890.

Central Law Training, to date principally a provider of legal post-qualification training, will be responsible for handling administration and infrastructure issues.

Commenting on the initiative, Steve Dinning, head of the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE, said: “The NCLT is part of a wider strategy to develop our markets while furthering the aim of the Solicitors Regulation Authority to enhance wider entry into the profession by offering more affordable, accessible courses. At the same time, we are responding to the needs of students and law firms in difficult economic times.”

The College of Law’s Bristol base is due to open in September, with 190 students expected to enrol, while BPP has also secured premises for a launch in the city later this year.

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