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BPP Law School apologises after ‘technical fault’ sees LPC students receive advocacy exam materials 48 hours late

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Exclusive: Aspiring lawyers left in the dark over weekend

BPP University Law School has apologised after a number of students on its Legal Practice Course (LPC) received their advocacy assessment materials 48 hours later than promised.

Legal Cheek understands that the important advocacy scenarios were due to be posted on BPP’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on Saturday (27 July) morning, in advance of students’ face-to-face assessments this coming weekend.

Unfortunately, a number of students, including some who are enrolled on BPP’s part-time course at Holborn, London, didn’t receive their assessment materials until yesterday afternoon.

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In a bid to find out what was going on, one concerned LPC-er told Legal Cheek that they sent “multiple emails” to BPP over the weekend, without response. “No VLE announcement acknowledging the situation”, they explained, “nor any communication whatsoever.”

Students eventually received an update yesterday afternoon, explaining that their advocacy exam materials were now available on the VLE — over two days late. BPP apologised for the delay which it said was caused by a “technical fault”.

Legal Cheek understands the delay hasn’t gone down well with BPP’s part-time cohort, many of whom juggle their studies with full-time jobs and feel that they have lost valuable preparation time.

BPP declined to issue a comment beyond the statement it sent to affected students.

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43 Comments

ZONE 1

The irony of a man who cannot get out of bed until 10am posting an article on lateness is not lost on me.

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Anonymous

You’re making the wrong point.

The right one is…nobody cares about a few would-be solicitors and a test in a skill they have no need for anyway.

When sols go in front of magistrates and District Judges the court’s expectations are always rock bottom. The bench expects solicitors to be mumbling fools. And they’re very rarely wrong.

Sols have no business learning advocacy, still less practising it.

Solicitor-advocates are the legal version of Ronco gadgets: pointless things that will be looked back on with nostalgic amusement.

(1)(3)

LTSI

Did you blame a ‘technical fault’ when you failed the BPTC

(19)(2)

Anonymous

Savage

(3)(0)

Anonymous

£19,000 well spent!

(9)(0)

Anonymous

How much do city firms pay for the lpc? Do they get a discount?

(1)(0)

Anonymous

Obviously

(7)(0)

Anonymous

by how much is it discounted?

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Anonymous

Prob about 60%

Anonymous

It ranges between 8000 to 10000 per trainee and dependent on location – “Former BPP Client Relationship Assistant”

Anonymous

This is such a surprise as BPP has a reputation for competence. They have never, for example, failed to pass on BPTC results to Inns of Court, almost causing people to have their call revoked. Or not marked BTT exams in time. Or not had enough seats at the ethics exam and make people work in a cafe.

And they would never do all these things in the last six months…

(28)(1)

Anonymous

And forgetting to print enough papers for the GDL Criminal Law exam, keeping 1100 students at ExCel waiting for 3 hours…

(22)(0)

Anonymous

*creme…typing in a hurry – soz

(0)(0)

Anonymous

While ULaw is equally a bit of a joke, it seems to be running rings around BPP. Strange how most firms still send their cohorts to BPP.

(17)(1)

Anonymous

It’ll be the discount – equity partners are tight fisted AF.

(5)(0)

Anonymous

By how much is it discounted? And does the discount vary depending on the firm?

(0)(1)

Anonymous

ULaw has comically low standards. The LPC is mostly open-book, for Christ’s sake.

(2)(1)

Anonymous

Fairly accurate to life in practice me thinks, instructions arriving the night before, little time to prepare.

(14)(0)

Anonymous

Fair, but advocates do get paid to deal with that nonsense.

These students are paying for an education and a service. They should in theory get something that resembles that.

(19)(1)

Anonymous

A full week for just an advocacy examination? What a joke. They should get the documents the day before. Move on moaners, there is nothing to see here.

(15)(3)

Anonymous

Many of these are part-time students who also work full time.

Also, bear in mind that some students received their papers on Saturday when it should have been released thus giving them an unfair advantage.

(10)(0)

Anonymous

Snowflake alert!

(4)(6)

No

That’s not the point at all though is it? If other students have their materials 48 hours longer than others, it’s not a level playing field for all.

(3)(0)

Studentat bpp

I’m a student at bpp. My experience is horrible!!!!!!!! If you have any issue no one cares. And no answer. However if u missing a payment you’ll get a tone of emails and calls. The worst decision i have made in my life is joining BPP university. If i need to say what i passed throw in this university it will be a report of 10k words. NO STANDARDS.

(12)(8)

Anonymous

Though since you write in the style of a borderline illiterate 14 year old what other choices did you have?

(18)(2)

Anonymous

I bet even BPP were on the fence when they gave you an offer.

(11)(1)

Anonymous

Which campus is this?

(0)(1)

Anonymous

Please avoid Latin terms given the target audience. It “triggers” them.

(2)(1)

Anonymous

This is not a university! this is a company that is about making money.

(0)(0)

Anonymous

ehhhhh bpp the shite whole that just keeps on giving.

(3)(1)

Anonymous

Hole*

(2)(0)

Anonymous

To be fair to BPP they actually said that the exam scenarios would be available the week commencing Saturday 27 July. So they invented a new start date to the week but technically weren’t late.

(3)(1)

Anon

I’ve just completed part of my PSC at BPP having done my LPC at UOL. The differences are very notable. The tutors on the PSC were great but the facilities and course organisation was very below par for professional people. I think students run the place in the summer that is what it felt like. This doesn’t surprise me.

The amount of money they make from the various courses they run makes this unacceptable. Be better BPP.

(4)(0)

Anonymous

Forgetting to that students have mock examinations and leaving them hanging in the exam hall for 1 hours earlier this year!

(3)(0)

Anonymous

In your next workshop just ask the tutor to give an example from their time in practice to illustrate a workshop exercise, sit back and just watch them crumble before your very eyes. The next time you see that tutor they will be in a senior management position.

(3)(0)

Anonymous

I’m a part-time GDL student at BPP and… yes, not great! I picked BPP because I saw the firms I like send people there but the standard of teaching, admin and support is pretty low.. especially when doing it part-time. There are tons of career benefits for LPC students but not for GDL

And I haven’t been able to log in to my email for a week and no one from IT is responding to emails about the issue

(1)(0)

Anonymous

I’m gonna be honest, firms really dont care what uni you go to for the GDL or LPC IF you are self funding. BPP and UOL are marketing their institutions as ‘firm favourites’ due to the discount the firms get by sending their trainees there. With a strong Russell Group/Oxbridge UG + GDL, even if you obtained a Comms/Distinction in the LPC from University of Westminister and have shown enough compentency, experience etc, you are within a chance of getting a TC. Firms will train students who have completed the LPC by self-funding by sending them to BPP to undertake modules such as PC, EF, DF etc – DO NOT BE FOOLED BY UOL OR BPP!

(8)(1)

BBP cough cough save your dough

BBP and UoL are just a money making business now.

Most students give really shit reviews about both of these places. You pay the highest fees here for the lowest teaching hours and the rest is left online for you to get through yourself.

Standards have fallen.

(3)(0)

Anonymous

BPP the gift that keeps on giving😂

(6)(0)

Anonymous

Nothing wrong with this.

We have all been there: instructions landed 10 minutes before client meeting, a partner calls in sick, another trainee decides to overstate his capacity to ditch work, etc.

This is preparing you for the real life.

(1)(2)

Sleepless in UK.......

Yes, but you need to pass your exams before you get ” into the Big Bad World”. Some students think a “Part time course” do not exist at BPP. The workload is just as heavy or more than a “Full time course”. So preparing for an assessment late for full time working/job students/ parent is no good. If you don’t pass you may never experience the “adrenaline rush” you are talking about. Your firm will NOT employ a failed student..
Just saying…..

(2)(0)

Anonymous

BPP is basically a joke, these issues will never get sorted, having experience as a student rep, we’re told what to say and to avoid issues that will give board members a headache. Instead we’re encouraged to raise trivial issues such as more microwaves in the communal areas, or having the library open longer hours which they knew was going to be a no anyway. Whilst the management team who are all inexperienced, many of whom ex BPP students, continue blunder their way through each year and the academic council meetings where they make it up as they go along whilst making excuses for poor feedback on their performance its rather funny.

(3)(0)

BPPhater

BPP is a joke – same thing happened with Interviewing and Advising exam…

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