Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

The Law Society plans to make the process by which it rates LPC course providers more transparent to make its findings more authoritative.The Law Society does not currently publish investigation results – it remains confidential between the provider and the society. But a senior official from the Law Society admitted that greater transparency was needed in order to justify the decision-making process. He said: “We want openness so that institutions compete with each other in order to raise standards.” The decision follows Legal Week’s revelation last week that the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice faces being downgraded from an ‘excellent’ to ‘good’ rating, following a confidential Law Society review.Legal Week understands that LPC course providers Leeds Metropolitan University and Bournemouth University are set to see their ratings drop from ‘good’ to ‘satisfactory’ following a similar review.The review sees the course providers subjected to a two-and-a-half day inquiry into a wide range of areas including teaching standards and management. The review is then sent to the Legal Practice Board, which makes a decision on an appropriate grading for the college, which the college may or may not choose to publicise.The Law Society source said transparency would involve putting the report into the public domain. He said that a dummy report was being prepared to test the water and he hoped that real procedures would be in place by October.

This premium content is reserved for
Legal Week Subscribers.


  • Trusted insight, news and analysis from the UK and across the globe
  • Connections to senior business lawyers within the leading law firms and legal departments
  • Unique access to ALM's unrivalled, market-leading reporting in the US and Asia and cutting-edge research, including Legal Week's UK Top 50 and Global 100 rankings
  • The Legal Week Daily News Alert, Editor's Highlights, and Breaking News digital newsletters and more, plus a choice of over 70 ALM newsletters
  • Optimized access on all of your devices: desktop, tablet and mobile
  • Complete access to the site's full archive of more than 56,000 articles

Already have an account?

For enterprise-wide or corporate enquiries, please contact Paul Reeves on Preeves@alm.com or call on +44 (0) 203 875 0651


Legal Week Newsletters & Alerts

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your subscription, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters and alerts. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2019 American Lawyer Media International, LLC. All Rights Reserved.