Regulation faculty large partly upholds 4 of 27 complaints made by LPC college students
BPP Regulation College has hit again at claims that it prioritised the distribution of onerous copy research supplies to college students with coaching contracts lined up at one in all 5 elite Metropolis legislation companies.
BPP’s dean of educational high quality, Christopher Costigan, expressed “monumental sympathy” for these impacted by the coronavirus pandemic however denied accusations of preferential therapy.
Final month a gaggle of Authorized Follow Course (LPC) college students wrote an open letter through which they claimed, amongst different issues, that college students with coaching contracts at BPP’s ‘consortium’ companies — made up of Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Slaughter and May — acquired onerous copies of research supplies forward of their summer time exams. The identical supply, they alleged, was not not prolonged to these with out a TC lined up.
Denying this, Costigan mentioned the distinction was “whether or not the cohort would profit, not whether or not it was a cohort of sponsored college students”.
BPP partly upheld simply 4 of the 27 points raised by college students, together with complaints in relation to on-line assessments, its use of digital bulletins, delays in responding to emails, and its no detriment coverage.
Responding to claims some digital class sizes greater than quadrupled throughout lockdown, Costigan continued:
“The problems round class dimension arose as a direct results of the pandemic, which is a drive majeure occasion. On that foundation, actions the college took to mitigate the impacts, even when they battle with different contractual provisions, are allowed. While I’m subsequently in a position to specific monumental sympathy for college students as they didn’t have the academic expertise they anticipated, I do discover that the actions of the varsity to mitigate the influence of the drive majeure occasion have been cheap.”
The doc, which was first reported by The Law Society Gazette, additionally defended the legislation faculty’s choice to proceed to cost college students in London increased charges regardless of the rest of lessons being performed on-line.
Costigan added: “The primary thrust of this level is that some college students are paying a cheaper price than others and that is unfair as all college students are actually being taught on-line. This isn’t the proper evaluation. BPP College contracts with every scholar as a person and our relationship is ruled by the phrases and circumstances of that particular person contract; which incorporates the worth for the programme.”
BPP declined to remark.