Plymouth cancels LPC, blaming fall in student numbers

Plymouth University has cancelled its Legal Practice Course (LPC) for the 2014/15 academic year, citing a drop in student enrolments as the rationale behind its decision.

A university spokesperson confirmed that it would not be accepting students on its LPC for the next academic year, saying that it was pausing recruitment to “discuss the programme’s long term future in conjunction with local and national legal bodies as part of a wide-ranging review”.

They emphasised that the cancellation did not affect current students working towards their LPC and added: “The Plymouth Law School remains fully committed to providing an excellent practice-oriented learning experience, which continues to give undergraduate and postgraduate students a first class and relevant introduction to the legal profession.”

Former Plymouth Law School head Simon Payne told Lawyer 2B in 2011 that the school had witnessed falls in enrolments on both the LPC and Graduate Diploma in Law, in accordance with national trends (4 July 2011). He added that applications for its 2011/12 LPC had risen by around 20 per cent.

The course currently has fewer than 20 registered students. The spokesperson told Lawyer 2B that the school was expecting similar numbers, or potentially fewer, for next year given the national downward trend.

The nearest LPC providers to Plymouth for the 2014/15 year are now located in Bristol and Bournemouth.