Kaplan gets BVC green light

Kaplan Law School is biting at the heels of larger London providers by announcing it has been approved to offer the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) – less than a month after it added its seventh law firm to its growing client roster.

Kaplan, the London arm of Nottingham Law School, has confirmed that it will be offering Nottingham’s BVC course to students from Autumn 2010.

The law school most recently struck a deal with Penningtons, which will now see all of the firm’s future trainee solicitors complete a bespoke Legal Practice Course (LPC) from September 2009.

Former head of Nottingham’s BVC course James Wakefield, who will launch the course at Kaplan in London, said the progamme shows that  the school is growing rapidly but will still remain personal for students.

He said: ”Kaplan applied for a maximum limit of 60 students so that we can have high entry standards and ensure a bright cohort. As course leader I want to know every one of the students so that they get the best experience and training.”

The provider has already begun to meet the Bar Standards Board validation conditions by installing two new court rooms at its Borough Market premises.

Kaplan’s LPC client list now boasts seven firms comprising Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Bird & Bird, Manches, Mayer Brown, Nabarro, Penningtons and Trowers & Hamlins.