Issue date: 29 July 2003

ISSUE DATE: 29/07/03

The Faculty of Law at the University of the West of England has, once again received the rating of 'excellent' for the Legal Practice Course from The Law Society. The Faculty has held the excellent rating for the Legal Practice Course since 1996.

The Dean of the Faculty, Alan Bensted, says, "We are delighted that the high quality of our courses has once again been recognised. Much of the credit for this goes to our staff who are both experienced practitioners and excellent teachers. Our particular strengths include the consistently high quality of teacher/practitioner input, course documentation and course organisation and administration.”

Only four other institutions in the UK currently hold the 'excellent' rating.

Paul Rylance, Associate Dean and Head of Professional Legal Studies, said, “This renewal of our excellent rating for the fifth consecutive occasion taken together with the explosive growth in demand for places on our LPC clearly confirms our status as a market leader in the field of professional vocational education.”

The Legal Practice Course is the postgraduate vocational training course for those wishing to qualify as solicitors. Students are trained to solve client problems, complete simulated transactions and conduct simulated litigation. This involves and requires students to combine their knowledge of law and procedure with the application of legal skills of client interviewing, advocacy, writing and drafting.


Editor’s notes

The Law Society is the statutory body governing the solicitors profession in England and Wales. It prescribes the contents of the Legal Practice Course by reference to its published ‘written standards’. The Law Society currently validates and authorises 27 institutions to deliver the LPC. It conducts annual visits to each provider. On a full visit (now every 3 years) a course will be graded as one of the following: excellent, very good, good, satisfactory or unsatisfactory. UWE has held an excellent rating for the LPC since 1996.

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