The College of Law is to begin offering its accelerated Legal Practice Course (LPC) to all students from next year.
The course will be seven months long rather than the usual ten and will be available in two specialist study routes, allowing students to focus on either corporate law or commercial and private law.
Previously the accelerated LPC was only on offer to future trainees of the College’s City law firm clients Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.
All those intending to become a solicitor must pass the LPC before starting a training contract with a law firm or other organisation.
Sarah Hutchinson, Board Member for Business Development at the College, said: “We want to give all students an equal opportunity to accelerate their LPC studies and start their legal careers sooner. For many years the legal profession has been moving towards staggering their intake of trainees throughout the year. Offering an accelerated LPC with various start dates allows students to keep up the momentum between finishing their course and starting their training contract, ensuring that their learning is current and there are no big gaps."
The accelerated course is identical in content to the College’s usual LPC with the same number of teaching sessions but condensed into a slightly shorter time frame. For instance the students will have five workshops per week rather than the usual four, will carry out more online study and will not have the holidays usually allocated in the academic year.
The first accelerated corporate route LPCs will run at the College’s London Moorgate centre in January and July 2012 with further programmes scheduled for September 2012 at the College’s Birmingham and York centres. From 2013 the course will also run at the Bristol and Manchester centres while the commercial and private law study route will be available at Guildford.
Sarah Hutchinson said: “The accelerated LPC will obviously be more intensive than the regular course and will be suitable for those students able to commit 100 per cent to their study. This is an illustration of the College’s flexibility in course delivery to meet the diverse needs of our students."
Other examples of flexible delivery include the College’s supervised online ‘S-Mode’ Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC as well as the 16-month part-time LPC.
Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)