Law students have reacted with anger and disappointment to the news that the National College of Legal Training (NCLT) has discontinued its Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
The NCLT announced last week that it is to stop teaching the LPC and GDL, blaming market conditions and a drop in the number of students for its decision (24 May 2013).
Laura Wrixon, a first class law and human rights graduate, currently working as a legal research assistant, said: “There is a massive blindness to the fact that those who want to work for the most vulnerable often have to self-fund; this does not seem right.”
She added: “I think the legal sector as a whole has lost sight of the fact that it should cater to all backgrounds. My parents do not have any money to give me; they do not own a property (they rent from the council) and have debts of their own to pay.
“I am the first person in my family to ever go to university and worked part-time throughout my degree to support myself. I worked hard during my degree, gaining a first while taking part in extra-curriculars, volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau and working part-time and I do not want that to have all been for nothing just because I do not have money.”
On Twitter, Sussex law student Amy Corke bemoaned the closure, saying: “Why is everywhere else so expensive?”
While LLB student and litigation assistant Valya Georgieva, referred to news earlier this year that Oxford Brookes was to close its LPC (4 March 2013). She commented: “Blimey! First Oxford, now NCLT. Good times for the University of Law to thrive…”
Read Wrixon’s blog for Lawyer 2B on the difficulties of breaking into human rights law in the wake of the discontinuation of the NCLT’s GDL and LPC.