The University of Law promised to reimburse Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduates with 50 per cent of their fees if they fail to find employment within the ‘legal and commerce fields’ after nine months of graduating.
The university had not clarified its definition of ‘commerce’ at the time of publication.
The offer applies to students enrolling on the LPC this September and is intended to demonstrate the university’s links with legal industry employers. ULaw’s LPC fees vary from £10,950 to £14,765, depending on the location of study.
To qualify for reimbursement, students must pass all of their LPC modules the first time round and must have attended at least 80 per cent of classes. They are not allowed to intermit, defer or transfer at any point during the course and must “have consistently used [their] best endeavours to obtain Qualifying Employment throughout the nine months since graduating from the LPC”.
The university will also assess the extent of graduates’ contact with its careers centre.
ULaw CEO David Johnston said: “Our position as the preferred training provider to over 30 major law firms and our experience in training highly skilled law practitioners give us the confidence and the assurance that our graduates will be in employment within nine months.”
The university states that 97 per cent of its LPC students find employment within nine months of graduating, but not does elaborate on what constitutes employment. Presumably, this figure also includes those students who also have already been offered training contracts by ULaw’s preferred provider firms.
This is not the first sweetener offered to postgrad law students. In 2013, ULaw’s big rival BPP began offering students who did not obtain legal employment in the six months after graduation a free place on another course.
The news comes after some internal changes at ULaw. The University was sold to Global University Systems for an undisclosed sum within three years of being bought by Montagu Private Equity. John Latham, who replaced longstanding chief Nigel Savage at the top, has departed after less than two years as CEO, with Johnston replacing him.
Meanwhile, ULaw has launched a business school, De Broc, which will run undergraduate degrees in business and management, business and finance and business and marketing.
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