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 a bargain.
To placate the disgruntled bidders, and garner a bit more publicity, NCLT arranged another auction – which was held on Thursday.
Now, you’d have thought that the law school would have at least tried to come up with a way of prolonging the bidding slightly longer in the second auction. Well, you thought wrong. Here’s what happened (writing the words "I want that LPC" claims the place and ends the auction):
Earlier this month, the National College of Legal Training (NCLT) announced, to much fanfare, that it would be holding a "reverse auction" for an LPC place on its Facebook page.
"To enter, students have to sign up to the event and then log into Facebook on 27 May at 11am," NCLT explained. "We will post on our facebook wall the LPC fees which will gradually reduce throughout the day. When a student sees the fees at a level they are willing to pay, they simply have to be the first to write on the NCLT facebook wall 'I want that LPC!'."
27 May was, of course, yesterday. So what happened?
EXCLUSIVE: In March, Legal Cheek published a story about a firm that was asking law graduates to self-fund a very expensive paralegal course in order to be considered for a training contract with them.
I decided it was too risky to publish the name of the firm in question without any written evidence of the programme.
A few days ago, though, the firm, Aston Carter Solicitors, went public with a finalised version of its pay-to-be-a-paralegal scheme, which will commence next month.
Here’s the deal: