CoL to launch online LPC

The College of Law (CoL) is set to expand its e-learning offering by rolling out an innovative online Legal Practice Course (LPC).

The new part-time course, which starts in February 2011, has been designed to mirror the Oxbridge tutorial system whereby personal tutors deliver individual support and training to their students and also replicates the one-to-one supervision that law firm trainees receive from a practising lawyer.

The move follows the college’s launch earlier this year of a part-time Graduate Diploma in Law that is also delivered via its supervised online mode of study – dubbed the ‘S-Mode’.

Sarah Hutchinson, board member, business development with CoL said: “The launch of the S-Mode LPC, combined with our existing S-Mode GDL and the LLB run jointly with the Open University, means we now offer a complete route to qualification via flexible online study. This gives opportunities to students with work or family commitments and to people keen to change career so boosting the college’s agenda to increase diversity in the legal profession.”

Students studying via the S-Mode will receive the same amount of tuition and depth of subject coverage as their peers on traditional CoL programmes. They will have access to the same resources including online learning technologies such as i-Tutorials, computer-based test and feedback exercises and online workshops.

In the case of the S-Mode LPC physical attendance at a tutorial will be limited to just four weekends over the two-year programme covering the initial course induction and oral skills training, which cannot be delivered remotely.