Editor’s weekly: Testing times

As regular readers of my weekly rants will know I am generally in favour of introducing some form of testing for determining entry onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

I was therefore slightly taken aback upon learning of the SRA’s decision to block Kaplan Law School’s controversial plans to introduce the very first LPC admissions test, as reported by Lawyer2B.com on Monday (31 January).

Saying that, it would’ve been bizarre for the SRA to give Kaplan its blessing prior to the publication of the Law Society’s findings on whether an aptitude test should be made compulsory for all.

Even though College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage described Kaplan’s move as “rather pointless and a bit of a gimmick” and indeed others may argue that it was a cheap publicity stunt I would welcome an LPC admissions test.

After all, I cannot think of many other credible methods of curbing the number of students enrolling on the compulsory course for aspiring solicitors and thereby reducing the bottleneck that’s been created by the oversupply of law students.

Meanwhile, another test that’s been in the news this week is LNAT – the national admissions test used by many of the country’s leading law faculties for entry on their LLB programmes.

Pearson Vue, the company that runs LNAT, was forced to issue a statement apologising to students who sat the multiple choice test last November, after a major system fault resulted in many not getting their results on time (read more). Scores of outraged students contacted Lawyer 2B to air their concerns with one saying: “ I am currently in hysterics, do not know how to deal with myself, and quite frankly I am disgusted at the horrendous state of affairs of these past two days.”

Thankfully, for everyone concerned the problems seem to have been resolved so fingers crossed that all of you who contacted us get the results you were expecting and more importantly get an offer from your first choice university.


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