Students welcome Kaplan LPC admissions test

Kaplan Law School’s radical move to introduce admissions test for its Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course (LPC) has received mixed reaction from would-be lawyers.

The controversial decision, exclusively revealed in the Autumn 2010 issue Lawyer 2B magazine, means that aspiring lawyers will have to endure a rigorous selection day with a presentation, written examination topped off with a 10-minute interview.

Sheffield University’s law society vice president Jennifer Sugden is against the tests. She argued: “If you’ve got your A-levels and achieved your degree by working very hard for so many years, then it’s pretty tough for someone to end up falling at this last hurdle. I think you go through so many hurdles for education, and if you’ve worked hard throughout your degree, you have got that grade for a reason.”

But Miranda Mannering who after completing the LPC at the College of Law two years ago has decided against a legal career favours such a move as she claimed it may make students think more carefully about doing the £12,000 course. She said: “Students need to be more aware that they may not get a job and having to do a test may dissuade people from doing the course.”

A current LPC student who did not want be identified agreed with Mannering. He said: “I think LPC providers should be more selective. I don’t want to be elitist but if there’s some kind of academic testing and if you’re a good student you should be able to pass it.”

“If you can’t do a decent presentation or pass an interview how would you expect to get a training contract anyway,” he added.

University of Kent’s law society president Zainul Jussab also welcomed the introduction of an admissions test arguing that presentation and interview skills are essential for a solicitor. He claimed: “This test will both deter people and lead to better qualified, better trained and generally better lawyers.”

Jussab continued: “Yes it will make my life harder, but if I don’t have these core skills by the end of my degree then I would need to think long and hard whether I am really cut out to be a solicitor.”