The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Law School is rolling out an exempting law degree in a bid to widen access to the profession.
The Master’s in Law combines an undergraduate law degree (LLB) with the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and therefore offers a significantly cheaper option for students. UCLan currently charges £7,300 for its LPC while the new course is expected to cost £3,375 per year for 2011 (or £13,500 in total).
From 2012, however, the fees will jump to £9,000 per year following UCLan’s decision to charge maximum tuition fees, meaning the Master’s could cost around £2,000 more than doing the LLB and LPC as two separate courses.
Head of UCLan’s law school Lynne Livesey said: “On the practical economics note this is a way that students of the future, from a widening access and diversity perspective, will be able to access the professional stage of training via an affordable route.”
“By focussing on commercial awareness and professional ethics from the outset, we believe that our students will make better lawyers who are able to grow successful businesses while being fully in tune with their professional obligations and able to meet the needs of their clients,” she added.
The first cohort is due to enrol on the course in September 2011 with the university hoping to attract around 35 students.
The news follows the university revealing disappointing figures for its Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC full-time enrolment, which fell 46 per cent and 44 per cent respectively between its 2009-10 and 2010-11 intake (read more).
In a statement from UCLan a spokesperson said: “The Lancashire Law School prides itself on its excellent graduate employment statistics and this is evident in the interest we are seeing from prospective 2011 students. First choice applications for the full time LPC for 2011 are up by 40 per cent compared to this time last year and even more significantly, the number of those who have already accepted and paid their deposit is up by 70 per cent.”