Kaplan unveils BVC ambitions

Kaplan Law School is biting at the heels of larger providers by announcing plans to offer the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) less than two weeks after signing up a second law firm to its Legal Practice Course (LPC) roster.

Kaplan, the London arm of Nottingham Law School, has announced it is going to offer Nottinghams BVC course to students from Autumn 2010.

The fledgling law school recently struck a deal with Bird & Bird, which will now see all of the international firms future trainees complete a bespoke LPC from September 2009.

Since launching in London in September 2007, Kaplan had won just one LPC contract with Mayer Brown. It missed out on the 15m City LPC consortium contract to rival BPP Law School.

However, head of Nottinghams current BVC course James Wakefield, who will launch the course at Kaplan in London, said the BVC plans show Kaplan is gaining kudos rapidly.

We started off with the LPC and GDL courses to see how they got on and because they have been so popular we will now be adding the BVC, said Wakefield.

Subject to approval, the course has room for 120 students but Wakefield said the initial admission numbers will be way below that figure – stating at around 50.

We want to offer a more personal touch and show that every student counts at Kaplan. We want the highest quality teaching for a select group of tomorrows barristers, Wakefield added.