Plymouth Uni in talks to take over Exeter’s LPC

The University of Plymouth is in negotiations over the running of Exeter University’s LPC after the centre was abandoned by the University of the West of England (UWE).

The proposal is for staff, along with 45 GDL places and 120 LPC places, to move to Plymouth in 2006-07.

As first reported in Lawyer 2B (May 2005), UWE abandoned plans to take over the running of Exeter University’s LPC because of uncertainty over legal education.

Paul Rylance, associate dean of professional legal studies at UWE, said: “It’s a great shame that we had to pull out as a result of the uncertainty in the legal practice market regarding the Law Society’s Training Framework Review.”

Exeter’s centre has been running for 10 years and takes around 100 LPC and 50 GDL students a year, employing 12 staff. It is not part of the university’s law school.

Exeter decided in late 2004 that postgraduate legal education no longer suited its strategy, which is to focus on research rather than teaching (Lawyer 2B, October 2004).

A spokesman for Exeter said: “We’re still on course for a summer 2006 transfer. Exeter wishes to transfer the centre because its policy is to concentrate on academic units which are both teaching and research-active. The Centre for Legal Practice is a high-quality operation, but it’s teaching only.”

The Law Society is carrying out an accreditation visit to the University of Plymouth next month. The transfer is set for 1 August next year.