BPP v University of Law

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BPP v University of Law

BPP v University of Law, The law school war shows no signs of ending. But we have, perhaps, reached the end of the beginning.

One senior lecturer recently told Lawyer 2B that hostilities have subsided in the war of the law schools. The Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), he said, has made all providers pause as they wait to see what the outcomes will be.

The retirement of one of legal education’s most combative generals, Nigel Savage (6 Feb 2014) has, perhaps, lessened the sabre rattling a little. But anyone thinking that the two main belligerents, BPP and the University of Law (ULaw), are about to lie down together like the lion and the lamb is sorely mistaken.

It would be fair to say, though, that the war has entered a new phase.

For a while, BPP and ULaw fought up close and personal, for more or less the same ground. Like Mary’s little lamb, where one went, the other was sure to follow.

One opens up in a new provincial city? The other does too. (11 Nov 2009) One gets uni status? (22 Nov 2012) The other has to have it as well (8 Aug 2013).

The late noughties saw a frantic battle to tie firms in to exclusive deals for provision of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC).

But now the battle lines have been drawn in cities across England, and most of the large firms have tie-ups with either ULaw, BPP or the third-largest provider, Kaplan. These factors decided, the law schools have started to diverge.

ULaw’s big thing has been its international focus. The job advert for Savage’s replacement as CEO stressed the university’s desire to expand internationally. The man eventually brought in, John Latham, has the credentials: he was formerly vice-president of international business development at Laureate Education, a network of private universities spanning 30 countries (12 Sep 2013).