Kaplan launches LLM LPC after discontinuing bar course

Kaplan Law School has launched an LLM LPC following its decision to stop teaching the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

The school, which is the third-biggest private provider of legal education, has decided to allow its Legal Practice Course (LPC) students to take an optional LLM, awarded by Nottingham Trent University (NTU), with which Kaplan has a long-running partnership.

The LLM add-on will be free for the 2014/15 cohort, although Kaplan is still awaiting Solicitors Regulation Authority approval. It is not yet known how much students in future cohorts will be charged, although the course will remain optional.

Kaplan is not alone in awarding students an LLM LPC. The LPC at the University of Law, to which Kaplan referred its 2014 BPTC cohort last week, now comes with an LLM, while BPP offers an MA LPC, which combines legal and business modules.

A spokesperson commented: “Feedback from students is that they want more value from their postgraduate and professional learning experience. Kaplan Law School is delighted to offer this LLM, validated by one of the leading law schools in the country, free of charge in 2014/15 to our LPC students.”

Among the City firms with that send their future trainees exclusively to Kaplan are Bird & Bird, Mayer Brown, Nabarro and Shearman & Sterling.

Kaplan is also planning to move out of its Thames-side building, sited next to Borough Market. Students have been informed that they will be based nearby at another Kaplan centre.

The provider announced its discontinuation of the BPTC on Friday, citing “economic reasons”. It has referred existing students to the University of Law and NTU (2 May 2014).