Would-be lawyers now have the chance to study the full time Legal Practice Course (LPC) in two-day-a-week mode with the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OxILP) set to roll out the new alternative this year.
The move follows increased demand from students who want to balance family commitments, work and commute with their studies.
Director of the full-time LPC David Day said: “This will give students more choice on when they choose to do the work, but we will need to counsel them very closely to ensure they understand it is still a five day a week course, with a two day attendance,”
“The rule of thumb with the full-time course is that it is the equivalent of a full-time job. They have to fit the hours in somewhere and the hours will be the same whichever of the course modes they are taking. Similarly, the part time course is the equivalent of half a full-time job.”
The news arrives as more LPC providers introduce alternatives to the full-length LPC, with Northumbria Law School and Manchester Metropolitan University being the most recent institutions to offer more flexible modes of study (read more).
BPP Law School also recently introduced a seven-month version of its LPC to add to its bulging portfolio, with newly merged Squire Sanders Hammonds becoming the first law firm to sign up outside the five firm City LPC Consortium (read more).
OxILP also offers the full-time LPC in four-day-a-week and three-day-a week modes, and offers a two-year part-time course with the option of weekend or weekday delivery.
The more flexible teaching option was validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) this month (March) and will be introduced in September 2011.