ULaw strikes LPC and GDL deal with Liverpool University

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Despite SRA plans to scrap both courses

Merseyside-based solicitor hopefuls will now have the option to complete their postgraduate legal studies from the comfort of their home city, thanks to a new arrangement with The University of Law (ULaw)

From September, ULaw’s Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) will be taught at the University of Liverpool. Legal Cheek understands that ULaw will oversee the teaching, content and structure of both courses. The new educational offerings are open to all graduates, not just those who have attended the Russell Group university. ULaw’s rival, BPP University, has a campus in Liverpool offering both the LPC and GDL too.

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Commenting on the tie-up, Professor Andrea Nollent, the vice-chancellor and the CEO of ULaw, said:

“I’m very proud to be working with the University of Liverpool to offer our law courses to even more students, ensuring that everyone has access to excellent legal education with sector leading student outcomes.”

Today’s announcement comes almost a year after the law school unveiled an almost identical training deal with the University of Reading. It currently offers its LPC and GDL at the university’s London Road campus. Meanwhile, back in 2015, ULaw confirmed it had teamed up with the University of Exeter to provide the same postgraduate courses.

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ULaw’s Liverpool link-up comes despite Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) plans to scrap both the LPC and GDL. Sounding the death knell for both courses, the regulator unveiled proposals for a new centralised super-exam last April.

But there could be life in the old dogs yet. Yesterday, the Legal Services Board — the organisation responsible for saying ‘yay or nay’ to the SRA’s ambitious plans — said it needed more time to make its decision. Extending its own deadline for the second time, the LSB has now given itself until the 12 April.

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Soign of the toimes that once proud, newly financially focused universities are willing to darken their doorsteps with the likes of UoL.


Wow, don’t know how the Chester campus will be viable now both Liverpool and Manchester have their own.

Chester is pointless

Why would it need to be?


Precisely, I think that’s the whole point.


It’s Liverpool – what did you expect? They’ve already boosted their undergraduate law intake to 550 to extract as much money as possible from as many students as they fit in their lecture theatres. Doing a deal with the devil to get some extra cash is a business opportunity worth grabbing.


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Just to set the record straight – Liverpool John Moores University has run a highly successful LPC course since 1994 with flexible part-time courses for Merseyside based solicitor hopefuls who wanted to study in their home city. Over 1100 students have graduated since then.


‘To set the record straight’ or just pure advertising? University of Law might be PE owned but at least they have links to big firms. Liverpool Poly’s LPC endorsed by who exactly?

Highly successful in what way? Persuading 1100 people to part with their cash?

If anyone wants to know why we are getting the SQE, it’s because of the number of jokers running LPCs with little or no real oversight.

The likes of UoL and BPP at least have big firms to answer to.


It make sense not to waste £17k on the LPC without a training contract already lined up. I’m currently on a gap year, having achieved 2:1 in my law degree but still haven’t secured a training contract. I’m planning on either doing the lpc parttime alongside my current role as a paralegal or taking an llm qualification, which will enable me to do the internships and hopefully that will help with getting a training contract. What do guys think, has anyone studied LLM? How did the qualification helped you in finding training contracts etc.

Sods law

There is no rhyme or reason about how to get a tc. One of my friends with straight A’s and a shiny 2.1 from Kings is without a tc 10 years on from the LPC. On the other hand my 2.2 friends from ex-polys are ALL earning mega bucks in London as solicitors ( to be fair so is my Kings friend but she’s given up becoming a solicitor).

Sods law my friend. Sometimes I think it just comes down to who wants it more.


Going to Kings hardly entitles your friend to a TC. There’s nothing shiny about it. People call it strand poly for a reason


LLM doesn’t help in finding a TC. It doesn’t impart necessary knowledge which cannot be found anyway in the LPC, or taught on the job.

Try paralegalling, or volunteering during the next application cycle.

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