CoL’s Bristol launch boosted by Beachcroft deal

College of Law (CoL) has kick-started its assault on the Bristol legal education market by striking its first exclusive deal with Beachcroft.

The school has struck a deal with the Bristol giant to become the sole provider of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) for its future trainee solicitors from September 2010.

Beachcroft’s HR director Phil Cousins said: “We’ve worked with University of the West of England, BPP Law School and a number of other providers for many years and enjoyed a mutually supportive relationship with all of them. However, working with a sole provider for the GDL and LPC is the right decision for Beachcroft at this time.”

The news comes after CoL signed up the University of Bristol to its Pathways to Law diversity access programme.

Bristol University is the sixth institution to join CoL’s £1.5m scheme, which provides careers advice and mentoring to would-be lawyers from state schools across England.

The new collaborations with University of Bristol and Beachcroft is significant as they coincide with CoL’s forthcoming launch in the city this September and are expected to increase pressure on the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, which has had a near monopoloy in the Bristol LPC market.

The CoL has officially named Bristol’s busy Temple Quarter as the site for its latest branch just minutes from Queen Square where BPP is expected to launch its Bristol arm.

The CoL hopes to attract 190 LPC and GDL students in Bristol in 2010, while BPP hopes to attract up to 60 LPC students to its new site.