BPP to expand GDL offering to Bristol, Brum

BPP Law School is continuing its rapid growth plans by gearing up to launch the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in its fledgling Bristol and Birmingham branches next year.

The news follows BPP’s triumph over arch-rival the College of Law (CoL) by becoming the biggest Legal Practice Course (LPC) provider after announcing last month (October) of its plans launch in Cambridge, Liverpool and Newcastle in 2011. The expansion will give BPP nine branches compared to CoL’s eight.

Director of GDL Programmes, Ben Hughes said: “The two locations are vibrant, legal communities. Where the LPC was introduced, it was natural to put actual feeder courses into the programme. The positive vibe around the two centres suggests that it is a very positive move.”

BPP’s GDL students will share centres in each location with the existing business schools.

BPP became the first privately owned institution to be awarded university status in over 30 years, as reported in by Lawyer2B.com last summer (26 July 2010).

The GDL launches are subject to validation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.