Lawyer 2B readers give qualified support for University of Law deal

A poll of Lawyer 2B readers shows the majority believe that students should support the University of Law’s takeover of Oxford Brookes University’s Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Nearly half, 42 per cent, of respondents voted that UoL is “a great provider. It won’t make a difference to the student experience”.

However, just over one third, 35 per cent, voted that while students must accept the arrangement as it was “the only option” they had, there was little else they could do.

A significant minority, 23 per cent of readers, said that students should reject the deal “as another example of private providers encroaching on education”.

Students were outraged two weeks ago when informed of Oxford Brookes’ decision to stop teaching the LPC from this summer, citing “a steady decline in applications” that meant the LPC was “no longer tenable” (7 March 2013).

Following talks last week, the two providers agreed that UoL will deliver the course on the Oxford Brookes campus in 2013/14 (13 March 2013).

At the end of last week, UoL’s Student Employability Programme, part of the provider’s Future Lawyers Network, won the Best Preparation for Work Initiative, higher education, award from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (15 March 2013).