Law Society slashes LPC pass requirement

Four fewer assessments to be completed; Bar Vocational Course may follow suit

Legal Practice Course (LPC) students are in for an easier ride following the Law Society&#39s decision to ditch four assessments from the compulsory syllabus. From September, students will have to successfully complete only 14 assessments to pass the course.

After a consultation with LPC providers, the Law Society agreed that students were over-assessed and that the exams should be scrapped.

John Hermann, course director at BPP Law School in London, said: &#34A balance needs to be struck between assessment and learning.&#34

Nick Johnson, director of the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, added that although it was a step in the right direction, &#34it would not be without problems&#34. He added: &#34We don&#39t want students to arrive at the examinations at the end and find they have not experienced the sort of assessments they are faced with.&#34

Both staff and students have been &#34overwhelmed&#34 by the demands of the LPC in recent years, according to Johnson. &#34The huge volume of assessment marking is always the first point mentioned whenever we have a staff meeting,&#34 he said.

Lawyer 2B understands that similar fears have also prompted the Bar Council to consider pruning the number of assessments on the Bar Vocational Course.

A Law Society spokesperson said: &#34Students felt the course had become a series of assessment hurdles which meant that the focus was more on passing [them] than preparing for a training contract. The new regime is designed to produce confident, independent learners who are ready to face the demands of practice.&#34