University of Law strikes training deal with RPC

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By Natalie Kaminski on

International outfit finds new law school to develop its future legal talent

The University of Law (ULaw) has sealed a deal with RPC that will see it become the exclusive legal education provider for the firm’s future trainees.

The international outfit — best known for its high-end insurance work — will now send its new recruits to ULaw’s Moorgate campus to complete both their Legal Practice Course (LPC) and, if necessary, their Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

Until recently, the firm sent its 15 or so trainees a year to BPP Law School. Commenting on today’s move, RPC’s partner and training principle, Simon Hart, said:

We are very enthusiastic about the prospects for our new partnership with ULaw. As RPC continues to respond to the rapidly changing legal market, as well as the forthcoming radical reforms to legal education, we were looking for a partner in the education sector who reflected our own desire to be progressive and forward thinking. With ULaw, we believe we have found that partner.

Moreover, ULaw has also revealed it is in the process of creating a brand new insurance module for the firm’s newbie lawyers, following the introduction of the Insurance Act 2015. The legislation — which came into force last year — is said to be the biggest overhaul of insurance rules and regulations in the past 100 years.

Professor Andrea Nollent, CEO and vice-chancellor at ULaw added:

We are confident that our existing legal education programmes combined with the development of a new insurance law elective will play a pivotal part in training the future workforce of RPC and provide them with the skills needed to succeed in a highly competitive market.

Legal Cheek’s Most List shows that RPC trainees start on a salary of £37,000, rising to £40,000 in year two. The first batch of new recruits will start at ULaw this September.

ULaw already has tie-ups with the likes of Linklaters, DLA Piper, CMS, Ashurst and Berwin Leighton Paisner. Meanwhile BPP has similar deals with Clifford Chance, Holman Fenwick Willan and Mayer Brown.

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