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Oct. 15, 2010

College of Law to launch an online Legal Practice Course

The College of Law is to launch an online Legal Practice Course (LPC) in February 2011, using the latest e-learning technology. This will give the students much more flexibility as well as increased one-one tutor supervision.

The new part-time course follows the College of Law’s launch earlier this year of a part-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) that is also delivered via this supervised online mode of study (known as S-mode). The GDL is a post-graduate academic conversion course, which gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession. The LPC must be completed by all aspiring solicitors before they can proceed to the next stage of practice.

Students on these courses receive the same amount of tuition and depth of subject coverage as students on traditional College programmes. They also have access to the same resources, however, as the majority of the course is run online, the students have the flexibility to choose when they study.

For the LPC actual attendance at a College of Law centre, either London Bloomsbury or Manchester, is only four weekends over the two-year programme covering the initial course induction and oral skills training, which cannot be delivered remotely.

Sarah Hutchinson, Board Member, Business Development with The College of Law says: 'The launch of the S-Mode LPC, combined with our existing S-Mode GDL and the LLB law degree run jointly with the Open University, means that the College now offers a complete route to qualification via flexible online study. This gives opportunities to students with work or family commitments and to people keen to change career so boosting the College’s agenda to increase diversity in the legal profession.

'A key benefit of the S-Mode is the one-to-one support from tutors, all of whom are qualified solicitors. Students are required to regularly submit ‘office quality’ work to their supervisor and receive individual feedback, helping them to develop relevant knowledge, practical skills and professional attitudes.'

The College of Law piloted the ‘S-Mode’ online teaching method on the LPC last year and also uses it on its LLM Masters degree programmes.

In a survey of the LPC pilot participants, 97% said the online learning resources aided their learning, and 87% said they helped them to achieve a good understanding of how law is applied in professional practice. A separate survey of LLM students showed that 90% rated the responsiveness of their tutor as good or very good.

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Content added on 15th October 2010.

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