Monday, 24 September 2007

More letters after your name than in it

They're all at it. The College of Law was granted the power to award degrees last year and has now awarded 599 LLB degrees to students who have completed their GDL and BVC or LPC courses. The Inns of Court School of Law allows BVC students to gain an LLM (in Professional Legal Skills) by completing a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation. Now BPP has also gained degree awarding powers. I understand that they will be offering LLB degrees to GDL students and will provide an option for BVC/LPC students to upgrade to an LLM by completing a couple of extra courses. The big question is what value will these qualifications have to the outside world?

4 comments:

Chris said...

I don't think BPP are going to offer LLBs to GDL students but they are going to offer a seperate LLB course. The College of Law is devaluing the LLB by offering it to GDL students but from what I've read BPP reckons that a GDL is not the same as a LLB.

The Chief said...

Thanks Chris, that does seem to tie in with the other rumours that are floating around. It now looks like postgraduate courses will be available very soon, but that BPP won't start to deliver undergrad courses for at least a couple of years. I do agree that getting an LLB for completing the GDL and then the LPC or BVC at the same place (which is what I think College of Law do) is quite a cop out.

The Chief said...

I've just realised that Charon QC has put his podcast with Peter Crisp, Dean of BPP Law up at http://charonqc.wordpress.com/2007/09/28/podcast-26-peter-crisp-dean-of-bpp-law-school-on-bbps-new-power-to-award-degrees/, but I can't listen to it at the moment. Hopefully that answers some of these questions.

David said...

With the college of law you have to complete the GDL and LPC/BVC to get an LLB. Then you can do some more modules and get an LLM.