Aussie (NSW) College Of Law Sets Up Shop In London – They Want To Challenge The Likes of BPP

We were sort of aware this was happening but the College of Law can be quite secretive and be careful, if they are following their NSW model their fees for courses are through the roof..

Legal Cheek reports

Ahead of LegalEdCon North on Thursday, College of Legal Practice CEO Giles Proctor outlines a vision for the SQE that is winning prominent admirers

The College of Legal Practice CEO Giles Proctor

There’s a new global player on the block, The College of Legal Practice (CoLP) launched towards the end of 2019, with the aim of ‘disrupting’ the legal education and training market.

In February, the new law school takes another leap forward with the appointment of Dr Giles Proctor who takes over as chief executive officer from interim chief and former University of Law president Professor Nigel Savage. As the former dean of both Kaplan (the organisation appointed as assessor for the new SQE exam) and Roehampton Law School and spells at the University of Law, Nottingham Trent, Manchester Met, as well as training with Addleshaw Goddard, Proctor is uniquely qualified for the role.

With a pedigree derived from its Aussie parent, the well-established College of Law Australia, The College has access to significant investment and tech-based online learning and development processes, as well as access to the burgeoning Asia student market.

Proctor will head up an organisation whose star-studded board is chaired by Richard Clark, the former executive partner of Slaughter and MayFreshfields chief legal innovation officer Isabel Parker, Joseph Catanzariti, former senior partner of Australian firm Clayton Utz.

Proctor stresses that the SQE is the catalyst for reshaping legal education and CoLP will play a role in much the same way as the emerging alternative providers of legal services collaborate with firms and GCs . They have already teamed up with global provider BARBRI, who are leading on the development and marketing of their SQE offering with content for SQE 2 provided by CoLP. They have been successfully collaborating for some years on the QLTS overseas version of the SQE, in what Proctor describes as”‘net practice” for testing their SQE development ideas.

Proctor has his eyes firmly on attacking the dominance of ULaw and BPP. “We don’t have to compromise our model by protecting existing revenue streams such as an LPC, or utilising expensive real estate which adds to the cost for our customers. We bring the experience from Australia of delivering programmes directly into the workplace and collaborating with other providers. Significantly, and unlike the two legacy players we are entirely postgraduate and are not competing with the public universities.

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