Issue date: 04 July 2001

The University of the West of England has announced several important steps towards completing the planned establishment of an Institute of Legal Practice. A department of the University’s Faculty of Law, the Institute of Legal Practice will focus exclusively on the provision of professional legal education. Recent developments include plans to unify LPC provision in Bristol, the revalidation of the Bristol Bar Vocational Course and CPE programmes, a joint venture bid for Higher Rights Validation and significant extension of our Masters level Advanced Legal Practice programmes.

Alfred Morris, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England comments:

“The combined effect of the present initiatives will be to increase the number of those undertaking professional studies courses to around 1000 students per annum and confirm UWE’s Institute of Legal Practice as a leading provider of high quality legal professional education for the 21st century.”

De Montfort University has agreed in principle (subject to contract and Law Society approval and validation) to transfer its full-time LPC operation in Bristol to the University of the West of England. Under this arrangement, De Montfort University will transfer to UWE 5 academic and 3 administrative staff together with 100 full-time validated places, effective for September 2002 enrolment. This will result in a total of 400 validated LPC places in Bristol supported by a staff team of over 40 solicitors and barristers.

Professor Alan Bensted, Dean of the Faculty of Law:

“We are delighted that our LPC teams in Bristol are to join forces in this exciting new unified centre for the provision of professional legal education. This would not have been possible without the co-operation and active support of De Montfort University with whom we have developed a strong and collaborative relationship.”

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