A number of former and current students of King’s College London (KCL) have launched a petition against the removal of key modules from the LL.M programme.
As part of the overhaul of the law school, it is understood KCL is proposing to cut Negotiation and Analytical Methods for Lawyers from the curriculum; two subjects that the students say are “instances of exceptional innovative interdisciplinary teaching at the cutting edge of legal education”.
According to the petition, the university proposes to offer the courses as non-credit modules or short-term workshops, which the students believe is the equivalent to cutting them entirely.
In the petition, the students write: “It is our belief that King’s College would be a lesser institution without these modules and that by cutting them it loses a competitive advantage in the ever increasing rivalry between top universities in the UK, and the world.
“We are sad to see the College we hold dear cut its largest, most remarkable and reputable courses.”
In a statement from the university a spokesperson explained that it intends to include the modules in the LL.M programme, though in a different format.
It continues: “This follows from our recent decision to refocus our LL.M around the key areas that we believe are of most relevance to lawyers in global legal practice, and to look at new ways of offering an even richer postgraduate student experience.”
The university plans to offer a selection of courses of this nature in addition to the core legal modules around which the programme is built, providing both premium legal skills and certain crucial non-legal and soft skills valued by international lawyers.
The news follows a £20million donation to the law school by Hong Kong-based Philanthropist Dickson Poon CBE, which will go towards a £40million revamp (19 March 2012).