ULaw loses Baker & McKenzie as firm switches to BPP

The University of Law has lost American giant Baker & McKenzie as a client, with the firm choosing to send its prospective trainees to rival educator BPP.

Baker & McKenzie will now send its annual cohort of 30 soon-to-be trainees to BPP to study their Legal Practice Course (LPC). Any non-law graduates will also study their Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with the law school.

ULaw has lost several key firms in recent years. Last year saw the departure of Clifford Chance, DAC Beachcroft and DWF to BPP while in 2013 both Allen & Overy and Osborne Clarke plumped for BPP.

However, ULaw managed to secure Trowers & Hamlins’ business earlier this month, taking the firm from Kaplan Law School, and Linklaters renewed its contract for five years after working with the law school to create a bespoke qualification.

A Bakers spokesperson said: “We invest heavily in recruiting the best trainees and in providing training and development to help them reach their full potential as top, commercially-minded, lawyers. The BPP programme best matches our needs at the current time and we are looking forward to working with them. We would like to thank The University of Law for many successful years of delivering the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) to our trainees.”

A ULaw spokesperson added: ”After many successful years of delivering the GDL and the LPC to Baker & McKenzie trainees, the firm has decided, following a re-tender process, to integrate its training requirements with another provider.

“We work with over 90 of the top 100 UK law firms and over half of the top global firms, many of whom send their trainees exclusively to the University of Law for their training.”

ULaw was sold by owner Montagu Private Equity to Global University System earlier this month for an undisclosed sum.

Law school musical chairs


14 Oct 2014: DAC Beachcroft swaps ULaw for BPP

2 Sept 2014: Clifford Chance opts for BPP, leaving Linklaters as only magic circle trainee group still taught by ULaw 

22 Aug 2014: DWF drops ULaw as LPC provider in favour of BPP