Most law students claim to be indifferent to whether the places where they do their vocational training are known as law schools, colleges or universities. But they also display a strong preference for providers which are perceived to be high status. Hence the rise of the University of Law, BPP and Kaplan – all of which... Read more »
The final report of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) – potentially the biggest shake-up of legal education in three decades – was due last month. But as yet there has been no sign of it... There have been murmurings as far back as autumn 2011 that LETR was going to struggle to keep its December... Read more »
Ed note: This is the latest post in the 'If I knew then what I know now' series, where leading members of the legal profession share their wisdom with the next generation of wannabes. I have spent thirty years as an 'academic' – whatever that means – as a teacher of law and as part... Read more »
BPP Law School generally does a good job of, er, 'managing its reputation'. But even its finely-tuned PR machine occasionally experiences hitches...
The College of Law is to re-brand as the University of Law after being granted university title, Legal Cheek can exclusively reveal. As you can see below, the College of Law registered the www.university-of-law.co.uk domain name some months ago. However, the name change – and associated re-branding – has remained a well-guarded secret...
More crazy stuff from across the pond, this time involving an amateur porn model who has caused a storm by filming a 43 minute-long video of herself masturbating in the library of Ivy League law school Cornell.
Assorted scenes from week one, term one, of the GDL And a taster of week one, term three...
Paralegal Tony, a part-time LPC student and paralegal at a City law firm, says that shrewd graduates can fund themselves on their journey to becoming lawyers Doing anything is better than doing nothing On graduating with an LLB in law with French law and French language in 2011, I took the first job available to... Read more »
In the good old days, sleeping with a lecturer was sufficient to get your grades bumped up to a first or distinction. But in these tough economic times, it seems that mere sex is no longer enough. According to court documents, National University of Singapore law student Ko Wen Hui, 23, not only had to... Read more »
The chairman of the Bar Council was recently reported in the Evening Standard saying that there are not enough pupillages for those trying to enter the Bar. This is not new, but that is not to say that it should not be news, writes The Law Horse. Every BPTC student gambles tens of thousands of... Read more »
The National College of Legal Training (NCLT)’s first Facebook 'reverse auction', which took place last month, lasted just seconds after a student snapped up the Legal Practice Course (LPC) place at the opening price of £7,200 – much to the disappointment of rival bidders, who had hoped to knock the price down further and net... Read more »
On Sunday BPP Law School chief executive Peter Crisp became the latest – and most unlikely – person to (indirectly) lend his voice to the growing chorus of warnings against doing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Speaking to The Sunday Times(£), Crisp said that he does "not advise going into criminal practice at the... Read more »
I spotted this ad for the College of Law on the Tube at King's Cross yesterday evening – and nearly fell onto the tracks as I strained to read the spectacularly tiny small print at the bottom. Fortunately, a jobless LPC graduate next to me on the platform agreed to venture down onto the tracks... Read more »
Yesterday I urged the assembled luminaries at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum to do something about the scandalous situation surrounding entry to the Bar (according to one estimate by the Bar Council itself, as few as one in eight students who do the BPTC get a pupillage). Rather than go on about unsuccessful pupillage-seekers' misery,... Read more »
The self taught Chinese ‘barefoot lawyer’ Chen Guangcheng may not have followed the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive (CILEX) path to non-graduate legal qualification, but for me he’s a legal executive in spirit. Chen, who begins studying law the traditional way at New York Law School (NYU) this week, didn't experience any form of formal... Read more »
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has had a bad week. First, Richard Moorhead publicly slammed their less-than-brilliant research on advocacy in The Guardian. Then Legal Cheek exposed the dire financial straits their boss finds herself in. The latest calamity to befall everyone’s favourite regulator of barristers? Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students are blaming the... Read more »
Introducing Baroness Helena Kennedy last night at the College of Law's "Diversity at the Bar" debate, the school's chief executive Nigel Savage (pictured) played up their shared working class credentials. “Helena and I benefitted from state-funded education. That’s over. Now what?” he asked, two floor to ceiling adverts for the College's BPTC (cost: £16,485) positioned... Read more »
Last week I received this email from a student: "The prestige factor" is a major concern for law students. Read my response below...
College of Law Moorgate students Cat Pond (pictured left) and Laurence Mills (pictured right) make the short journey east to Legal Cheek HQ in Hackney, where they find Bircham Dyson Bell lawyer Kevin Poulter and journalist Alex Aldridge in a panic about not being able to get the podcast mic working. Displaying the sort of... Read more »
The following would never happen in Britain... On 23 February, Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke (pictured) testified at a congressional hearing in support of President Obama's ruling that religiously affiliated institutions, including some universities, should provide insurance plans that cover all costs for medicinal contraceptives. In response, rightwing US radio host Rush Limbaugh branded... Read more »
Good news for LPC students at Liverpool John Moores University whose business law and practice (BLP) exam was terminated two thirds of the way through last week by a faulty fire alarm: they won’t be required to re-sit the exam, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed today. Having giving serious thought to making students... Read more »
Law students from the University of Calgary have made a brilliant video warning about the dangers of law school. "Your experience in law school will start with so much hope – doing what's right, fighting for justice and upholding the law," the students explain. "Then you'll realise you're destined to make rich companies richer by... Read more »
In a move that may interest jobless British law graduates and the bigwigs on the panel of the ongoing legal education and training review (LETR), two Yale Law School professors are championing a controversial plan to refund law school tuition fees if students fail to secure a job. Professors Akhil Amar and Ian Ayres want... Read more »
BPTC students are up in arms about the wildly differing lengths of exam times between course providers. Last Thursday City University gave its BPTC students just three and a half hours to complete their opinion writing exam. Yet students at competitor law school BPP will get four hours and 15 minutes when they sit theirs... Read more »
Until recently LPC student Cat Pond was an empathetic, liberal type, but the law has changed her... At the start of my GDL contract law course, the tutor told us to try and visualise the room and all the objects within it as connected by a web of contracts. The coffee cups sat in front... Read more »