BPP Law School confirms job cuts

BPP Law School is laying off lecturers following a slump in the number of students enrolling onto the Bar Vocational Course (BVC).

The law school, one of the biggest BVC providers in the country, has confirmed that it is in consultation with 11 of its BVC tutors with a minimum of three facing the chop.

Peter Crisp, the dean of the law school said: It is with deep regret that we have to make these cuts. In no way is it a reflection on the dedicated staff we have here. It is simply down to the fact that there is a surplus to requirement.

The provider, which is owned by BPP Holdings, saw a 17 per cent drop in the number of students enrolling on the BVC, with just 247 students taking up a spot this year compared with 300 the previous year.

BPP arch rival the College of Law confirmed that it has also seen a drop in the demand for BVC places this year but has currently ruled out a headcount reduction.

The job cuts come after research found the number of graduates invited to take pupillage has dropped by 20 per cent since 2000, with less than a third of graduates securing pupillages last year.