College of Law (CoL) has emerged as the most expensive Legal Practice Course (LPC) provider in Bristol, after confirming its fees would be over 10 per cent more expensive than its rivals’.
CoL will be charging £10,200 for its LPC in Bristol from September 2010 while its competitors, BPP Law School and the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (Bilp), will be asking for £8,995 and £7,860 respectively for their full-time courses.
CoL chief executive Nigel Savage said: “Frankly we’re a high end legal education provider and we’ve invested in a fantastic new building and great staff so we’ll leave it up to Bilp and BPP to slog it out at the cheap end.”
“You could ask why BPP is so cheap but that’s probably because it’s sticking all of its law students in with its existing accountants. They’re not making alternative business structures they’re making alternative bus shelters.”
CoL will also be charging £10,200 for would-be lawyers who want to study at either its Birmingham or Manchester bases while its LPC fees in Chester and York will be £9,830.
Meanwhile, students who want to study with CoL in Guildford or London will have to shell out £10,530 and £11,870 respectively.
For the academic year 2009/10 the college charged its students £11,250 to study on London.
Elsewhere, BPP will be asking all students who want to study at either of its Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds or Manchester bases to pay a flat fee of £8,995. But students choosing to study in London will have to stump up a massive £12,500 – static on its 2009/10 price.
The entry of the CoL and BPP into the Bristol LPC market from September 2010 has forced Bilp to slash its fees on the full-time course LPC from £8,985 to £7,860.
Bilp head Steve Dinning said: “The challenge for other providers is to justify to prospective students and local firms alike, how they can demand such a fee when neither have the track record on quality or the established links with the firms in the local region.”
The news comes after Bilp joined forces with Central Law Training (CLT) to create an associate college, the National College of Legal Training (NCLT), to offer a cut-price, part-time LPC costing £5,900.
The part-time weekend study course will be offered in conjunction with Southampton Solent University and the University of Westminster.