NLS breaks records with excellent rating

Three institutions are celebrating after having their Law Society ratings upgraded, while Nottingham Law School (NLS) has recorded an unparalleled spell of excellence.

Inns of Court School of Law has moved from very good to excellent while De Montfort and Northumbria universities have had their gradings boosted from good to very good, after tough three-day assessments by the regulator.

Nottingham Law School achieved an unprecedented eighth consecutive excellent rating for its LPC, making it the only provider to have bagged the highest grading every time since the launch of the LPC in 1993.

NLS course director Bob White said the school planned to roll out new LPC offerings in response to the opportunities offered by the ongoing training framework review. Having achieved another excellent rating, were now in an ideal position to capitalise on these opportunities, he said.

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and the College of Laws Birmingham, Chester, Guildford and London branches had unchanged gradings of very good, while the University of Hertfordshire kept its good rating.

Meanwhile, from this academic year, LPC students will have to resit only those assessments that they have failed, rather than having to resit all six subjects if they failed four or more. Because of these relaxations there will no longer be the opportunity to compensate a marginal failure in one subject with surplus marks in another. The move has been taken by the Law Society to meet its obligations under the Race Relations Amendment Act and the Disability Discrimination Act.