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Exclusive: BPP cuts London staff headcount following LLB suspension

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Move comes as legal education giant opts to focus on solicitor super-exam training

BPP Law School’s Waterloo Campus

BPP University Law School has cut the number of staff at its Waterloo campus, Legal Cheek can reveal. The redundancies come just weeks after the legal education giant confirmed it was suspending its LLB offering to focus on developing a host of new solicitor super-exam programmes.

Sources close to BPP have told Legal Cheek that around 20 members of staff left earlier this month through a combination of compulsory and voluntary redundancies. BPP confirmed “the loss of some roles” but declined to comment on specific numbers, a spokesperson telling us:

“We have paused our LLB intake to focus on developing new programmes to prepare students for a post-SQE qualification route and, equally importantly, for legal practice in a rapidly changing sector. To reflect this, we have evaluated staffing numbers, which has unfortunately resulted in the loss of some roles.”

News of the staff exits come as the profession gears up for huge changes to legal education, most notably the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) or super-exam.

In May, we revealed that BPP was suspending the intake of its undergraduate law degree. At the time, BPP’s director of business development, Tricia Chatterton, told us that the law school has “clear plans for the future” and that “now is the time to turn those plans into a reality”.

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Chatterton was unable to say how long the suspension would be for but did stress there are no plans to scrap the LLB at BPP outright. Students on the law school’s solicitor apprenticeship programme — which incorporates a purpose-built LLB — aren’t affected.

As the super-exam’s anticipated 2020 implementation date draws ever closer, at least three universities have gone public with their plans to integrate SQE content into their LLB courses.

London South Bank University told us that it’s planning to teach an “SQE-facing” law degree using super-exam-style multiple-choice questions to test students’ knowledge in a legal practice context. Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Legal Cheek, University of Law chief Peter Crisp confirmed that his institution was in the process of creating an LLB that is SQE compliant.

Hinting at a similar move, a spokesperson for BPP said it’s been consulting with members of the legal profession about the training they require in light of upcoming changes to legal education. They added:

“As a result of that widespread consultation, we are reviewing our entire portfolio of programmes to ensure that students are both prepared for the future of legal practice as well as to pass regulatory assessments.”

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25 Comments

donald duck

whats a solicitor?

Anonymous

Aaaaand what is Aleppo?

Anonymous

A type of lawyer we have in the UK.

Anonymous

Someone found on the top floor of a shiny glass building near Bank/Liverpool St station, or on Kings Cross street corner.

Either way, if they’re any good at what they do you will not be able to afford their hourly rate unless you have a corporate card.

magiclawll

Unfortunately I did the LPC at BPP. What an utter sh*thole.

Anonymous

I did the LPC at Ulaw. Also shite.

I don’t think the course lends itself to being taught well.

Anonymous

I previously did the ULaw LPC as well. These are for-profit institutions managed for greedy owners by failed/burnt-out lawyers. It’s guaranteed to be a failed delivery mechanism.

I made this argument years ago: Make the LLB programme mandatory for those wanting to become a lawyer. Integrate the BPTC and LPC into the LLB to make it a 4 year undergrad (with less room for “easy” options outside of the law faculty).

For career changers/undergrads from other programmes looking to switch, provide the option for a 3 year LLB (or even call it the JD) which would basically be the GDL/LPC/BPTC.

All options administered by public universities and monitored by the BSB and SRA for accreditation purposes. This way wannabe barristers that are brilliant advocates naturally are not scared away by the insanely expensive BPTC and instead candidates are filtered out only by the recruitment processes of chambers (and firms).

Anonymous

I did the BPTC at City. Also shite! Way worse than BPP too.

Anonymous

BPP is utter gash

This shouldn’t be allowed

Anonymous

Unfortunately I did the GDL at BPP.
What an utter sh*thole.

Anonymous

Unfortunately I did the LLB at BPP. What an utter sh*thole.

Anonymous

Me too.

Anonymous

Unfortunately I did the BPTC at BPP and they still haven’t released the results – they’ve sat on them since March. Not fit for purpose and should be shut down.

Anonymous

still nothing from BPP?

Anonymous

Hopefully BPP and other private equity firms will go bust soon.

Anonymous

Agreed brother.

Universities should be charities, and charge no fees.

A supertax on city law firms to fund the NHS!

For the many, not the few!

VOTE CORBYN

Anonymous

Universities are already charities, they were set up by royal charter. Some like BPP and Ulaw aren’t. But still 9k and they call you asking for a charitable donation.

Anonymous

I had the unfortunate experience of doing the GDL at BPP Waterloo. I would have had a better experience trying to study Latin while being tortured slowly in a North Korean prison

Anonymous

Hear hear.

Anonymous

I unfortunately studied at BPP for my LPC. I would have had a better time going to the jungle and having semi intelligent Apes teach me instead of the Buffoons at BPP

freshieslawyer

Brilliant.

Anonymous

Just completed the GDL at BPP. A complete and unmitigated disaster.

Anonymous

Easy as chips if you aren’t a moron.

Anonymous

How so?

Anonymous

I completed the GDL and accelerated LPC at BPP Waterloo and Holborn. The facilities weren’t great (always either stifling hot or freezing) but by and large the teaching was good quality. That these highly compressed courses aren’t fun isn’t surprising, giving they are tailored to getting you into practice ASAP so your firm can start making £££.

Dat leverage tho.

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