The College of Law in Bristol celebrated its above-target success and double digit growth since bursting onto the scene in 2010 at its inaugural prize-giving ceremony and alumni gathering.
Awards were given in 15 categories to mark College graduates’ outstanding performance on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), which gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession, and the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the next step towards a career as a solicitor.
Most of the prizes were sponsored by regional and national law firms and legal organisations and their representatives attended the event, held at the Temple Circus centre on Friday (October 21), to make the presentations.
The Bristol centre dramatically exceeded expectations by attracting around 240 students, 26 per cent more than its target figure, when it opened in September 2010. This year the number of students has grown again to 340, a rise of 42 per cent.
The College of Law is the leading provider of post-graduate legal education and training in Europe and the Bristol centre became its eighth nationwide location. In its first year the centre signed training partnership deals with Bristol-based law firms Beachcroft, Burges Salmon, Osborne Clarke and TLT.
It has also set up a range of pro bono activities in the city, which provide legal advice to local people otherwise unable to afford it while at the same time giving students invaluable experience of dealing with clients. These include Legal Advice Clinics, where clients receive face to face advice from students on a range of legal matters under supervision of a fully qualified solicitor, and the Family E-mail Advice Line (FEAL) giving guidance on family law.
Head of The College of Law in Bristol, Kerry James said: “We’ve been phenomenally successful since we opened and now attract some of the best postgraduates not only from the region but also nationally. Friday’s event gave us the chance to celebrate the achievements of both the centre and our students and we are very grateful to the law firms for sponsoring the awards."
David Powell, Head of law firm Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office, presented the ‘Osborne Clarke prize for the best overall performance on the Legal Practice Course’ to former student Aaron Trebble. Jessica King received the ‘Burges Salmon prize for the best overall performance on the Graduate Diploma in Law’ from Colin Ligman, a partner with Burges Salmon.
Other award sponsors were law firms Beachcroft, Bevan Brittan, Bobbetts Mackan, Bond Pearce, Clarke Willmott, CMS Cameron McKenna, Irwin Mitchell, TLT and Veale Wasbrough Vizards and the Bristol-based Co-operative Legal Services.
The College of Law delivers training for lawyers at all stages of their careers, both before and after qualification, and also has centres in London, Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York.
Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)