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ULaw ramps up law degree offering with four new ‘specialist’ LLBs

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Exclusive: Just days after BPP Law School increases focus on postgraduate vocational training market

The University of Law (ULaw) is gearing up to launch four new law degrees encompassing topics including politics and business, Legal Cheek can reveal. The news come just days after BPP Law School confirmed it was temporarily exiting the undergraduate law market to focus on its popular postgraduate vocational training courses.

Officially unveiled next week, ULaw’s new courses are: Law with Criminology; Law with Government and Politics; Law with International Business; and Law with Business (Online). The LLBs will be available at select ULaw campuses from September and come with three, four or six-year study options.

We can also reveal that ULaw is set to launch a new Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)-style LLB programme specifically designed for students who hold a degree in another discipline. The course, LLB (Hons) Senior Status, will allow wannabe lawyers to obtain a qualifying law degree in just two years instead of the standard three.

The move signals ULaw’s commitment to the postgraduate vocational training market, and runs counter to the narrative of the two big rival law schools moving to focus on separate areas. Indeed, many expect BPP to swiftly move back into the undergraduate market with a course tailored to the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) — once the form of the SQE has been finalised.

Speaking to Legal Cheek last week, Tricia Chatterton, the director of business development at BPP, said it was working on turning “plans into a reality”.

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Both of these latest changes appear to have come about in part as law schools respond (in different ways) to shifts in legal education in the light of the new SQE as well as to shifts in their own student numbers.

In March, we revealed 510 students enrolled on ULaw’s LLB course in 2017, up from an already hefty 410 on the previous year. For BPP, undergrad numbers are reducing as Legal Cheek flagged earlier this week.

Commenting on ULaw’s new courses, Professor Andrea Nollent, vice-chancellor & CEO at ULaw, said:

“All our LLBs are qualifying law degrees and students can, through selection of appropriate options, be SQE1 [part one of the solicitors’ super-exam] ready or study other subject areas that develop their knowledge and skills to reflect their personal interests. We have expanded our LLB portfolio to increase student choice and reflect the different ambitions of our diverse student body be it through subject choice or how they study.”

According to ULaw, fees for the new LLBs will be in line with its current undergrad programmes: £9,250 per year for the three-year programme, £6,935 per year for the four-year option, and £4,625 per year for the six-year route.

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11 Comments

Anonymous

Great. This morning when I woke up, all I could think about was how the world needs even more LLB graduates from rubbish universities.

Corbyn.Sympathiser

Why is it a ‘rubbish’ university?

Anonymous

Because it’s not even a real university? Duh. It’s a private for-profit-degree-pumping institution owned by yet another seedy Russian named Aaron Etingen.

But don’t worry, even after the SQE or whatever it’s called the SRA will still farm out mandatory qualification steps to private for-profit providers rather than running a standardized and subsidized programme themselves.

James Hetfield

Why do we need new law graduates ? I mean seriously, what for?

Anonymous

Those in the LLB cohort received TC offers at magic/silver circle firms in 2016… can’t be all bad

Anonymous

Worth absolutely nothing.

Anonymous

Blimey, that was quick work by them.

ULaw Shareholder

££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

Anonymous

Sounds like something the Competition and Markets Authority might be interested in.

Unless of course it is purely coincidental that the two largest service providers look to focus their service delivery into non-conflicting areas.

Anonymous

Are they the largest LL.B providers, though? Seems unlikely. (Wasn’t actually aware they DID LL.Bs, but that’s my fault probably).

Anonymous

The LLB Senior Status seems a rebrand of the existing Accelerated LLB that is already in place. Is the Accelerated LLB now being scrapped/only allowed for those that have an existing degree?

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