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College of Law opens new law degree centre to cope with applications boom

Guildford to join London, Birmingham and Chester

15 August 2012

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The College of Law will be launching its new two-year law degree in Guildford next month, as well as its centres in London, Birmingham and Chester, to cope with 50 per cent more applications than expected.

Earlier this month BPP Law School said the number of student applications for its law degrees had risen by 79 per cent compared with this time last year.

BPP charges tuition fees of £5,000 a year for its three year degree, which compares with a UK average for 2012 of £8,385, following the end of the cap on fees.

The College of Law charges £9,000 a year, but as its degree lasts only two years it is also cheaper than a traditional three-year law degree.

A spokeswoman for the College said over 600 applications had been received for between 200 and 250 places. She said this meant the new course would have a higher number of students in its first year than any of more than 50 law degrees launched in the UK in the past decade.

From 2013, College of Law centres at Bristol and York will offer the degree.

Sarah Hutchinson, board member for business development at the College, said: “We have been pleased by the even stronger than expected interest in our LLB in its first year from both potential students and the legal profession.

“This only goes to vindicate our long-held belief that there is a need for a law degree which focuses on developing students’ professional legal skills and boosting their employment prospects in the competitive world of law.”

The College describes its LLB is “the first of its kind, grounded on practice-based learning designed to prepare students for the modern world of law.

“In contrast to many traditional law degrees, the College’s LLB has at its heart the teaching of professional skills that are essential when entering the legal industry, including analysis, problem solving, drafting and research.”

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