Huge disparity in LPC provider pass rates as SQE was introduced

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By Thomas Connelly on

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Between 100% and 21%


There was a huge disparity in pass rates among providers of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in the year the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) was introduced, a new report has shown.

The findings, published recently by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), show success rates varied from as high as 100% to as low as just 21%.

The regulator noted a number of factors which may impact a law school’s pass rate, including student ability and engagement, teaching quality and assessment arrangements.

The report — which covers the period between September 2021 and August 2022 — doesn’t name specific LPC providers but does show two scored a pass rate of 100%. Of the 20, three had pass rates of 30% or below.

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The SRA also highlights the very large differences in the size of the various providers and the number of students of different LPCs (full-time, part-time etc). LPC cohorts range from fewer than ten students to many thousands of students, spread over different locations.

The largest providers, BPP University and The University of Law, shared approximately 87% of the total number of students enrolled to take the LPC.

Overall, pass rates for the LPC fell compared to the previous year, 47.8% in 2021-22 compared to 53.5% in 2020-21. This, the SRA says, may be due to an increase in students who deferred during the pandemic, compare to previous years.

The SQE replaced the LPC as the route to solicitor qualification, although both courses are available until the latter is phased out by the end of 2032.

Last month the SRA confirmed it would miss its self-imposed deadline for publishing SQE pass rates among providers, blaming a lack of “sufficient data”.

8 Comments

Voice of the masses

Abolish the SRA, they serve no purpose

Uncharitable fellow

Absolutely shameful that the SRA has refused to publish the SQE pass rates by provider. Could a FOI request force disclosure in this case?

James

Which one is easy to pass between lpc or SQE???

Duh

Obviously the lpc but are they both horrendous tbh

Concerned Citizen

LPC easier to pass by a country mile.

Norman the Conqueror

Everyone said that the SQE would lower standards. It has raised them a mile.

So the answer to your question is that of course exams set by commercial organisations who have an incentive to pass you are far easier than those which are not.

What conkers?

So it’s more academically rigorous… has it succeeded in levelling the playing field and increasing access to the profession for those who might not be at the top of the game academically but who would otherwise make good lawyers? Difficult to see how this has been achieved..

B

Obviously the lpc but both are horrendous tbh

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