LPC schools in Law Soc costs probe

The Law Society has asked Legal Practice Course (LPC) providers to justify their above-inflation jumps in tuition fees.

The largest increase is at the newly-created Institute of Law, where the price of a place on the LPC has swelled by 11 per cent, from 7100 to 7900.

LPC fees at BPP Law School are now the highest in the country at 8250. Its Bar Vocational Course costs 8750.

Both the College of Law and Nottingham Law School have raised prices by approximately 6 per cent this year. College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage said: “Each time the Law Society makes changes we have to write new stuff. Retaining staff in London is also difficult.”

Paul Aber, the Institute of Law’s LPC director, said that fees had increased because it is an expensive course to run.

Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva has written to providers to express concern about the impact on the profession’s accessibility.

A Law Society spokesman said: “We’ve sought views from the LPC providers about the current requirements on staff-student ratios, which some link to the fee levels charged. The chief executive is asking them to explain in detail the reasons for next year’s increases. The information will inform the wider work that is being undertaken by the Law Society to review the whole training scheme for solicitors and allow us to take a view on whether students are being treated fairly by the providers.”