The College of Law (CoL) is to follow in the foot steps of arch rival BPP Law School by rolling out a two-year law degree.
The course will cost £18,000 in total, compared to BPP’s course, which is set at just under £10,000, and will not be supported by any Governmental Higher Education funding as student enrolling on the course will not be eligible for state-subsidised student loans.
The CoL is however planning to partner with certain banks to provide a tailor-made loan scheme and is also looking to create some student-priced accommodation.
CoL chief Nigel Savage said: “I’ve said consistently that the undergraduate law degree is no longer fit for purpose and should be more in line with medical degrees by combining the right amount of law with the right amount of context.”
“This is our way of addressing a real problem for students coming through from studying a law degree who are not motivated or do not understand basic key issues,” added Savage.
BPP launched its two-year degree around three years ago, followed by an online version of the LLB to give students some flexibility in the way they study.
The CoL believes its course will boost students’ employment prospects and practical legal skills by breaking down the division between academic and professional training.
Savage adds that the course will focus on the legal profession rather than being overly academic, giving a much wider perspective of what life is like in practice.
Director of design and production Scott Slorach said: “The majority of undergraduate courses look at law in terms of its historical development and debate. We are however looking at how it applies today.”
The LLB will feature 11 hours of face-to-face teaching per week over about 40 to 42 weeks, and will be mainly exam-based with examinations taking place at the end of each term.
The programme is to be launched in three centres initially; Birmingham, Chester and London in September 2012, with the hope of an initial intake of around 200 students.
The UCAS points required are to be pitched at 320, the same level that firms ask for in order to continue its drive on employability.