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BPP University Law School

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BPP University Law School
Parent schoolBPP University
School typePrivate, for-profit
DeanAndrew Chadwick
LocationBirmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Holborn and Waterloo) and Manchester, United Kingdom

BPP University Law School is a private, for-profit provider of professional and academic legal education in the United Kingdom. It has eight branches in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Holborn and Waterloo) and Manchester. The school is owned by BPP Holdings, a division of the Apollo Group.


BPP Law School was the founding school of what is now BPP University. It takes its name from the surname initials of Alan Brierley, Richard Price and Charles Prior who founded a college in 1976 to provide exam training to accountancy students.[1] The BPP Law School was founded in 1992 to offer training to students wanting to qualify as solicitors or barristers in England and Wales and in 2005 joined forces with the newly formed BPP Business School under the name BPP College.[1]. Through its parent institution the law school has degree awarding powers, awarded by the Privy Council in 2007.[2][3] BPP University Law School was set up by Mike Semple Piggot, then run by Carl Lygo and Professor Peter Crisp. In June 2017 there was speculation in the legal media as Carl Lygo (CEO) left BPP. [4] Also in June 2017 it was reported by the media that Peter Crisp (Dean) plans to leave BPP. [5][6] BBP's parent company reported in Feb 2017 the successful sale of BPP to a trio of private equity companies. [7]

In June 2017 BPP was ranked BRONZE in the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) government backed initiative to make teaching standards more transparent for students, with the categories for education institutions being BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD.[8] [9] [10] [11]

BPP also works extensively with authorised partners in countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan and also has offices in Pakistan[12]

BPP University Law School has ties to a consortium of "Magic Circle" and "Silver Circle" law firms to educate their future trainees. The school is used by more than 50 City of London law firms to educate their lawyers.[13] The school is a vocational provider of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for future Solicitors. From September 2013, in addition to the standard LPC, students can study a Master of Arts (LPC with Business) which gives students a Master's degree in both law and business. The school also offers the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) (formerly known as the Bar Vocational Course, or the BVC) for future barristers and awards the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (for those coming directly from a non-LL.B. qualification), Graduate LL.B. (GDL Conversion) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees. In 2009 BPP University Law School provided its first programmes in Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees, whose students qualify for loans by way of the student loans company.

The law school also runs pro bono centres around the United Kingdom. The projects are delivered by BPP law school students with guidance from qualified lawyers.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "BPP FAQs: A little bit of history". BPP Website. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. Sharman, Andy (10 October 2007). "BPP Law School: Forget students, this college has 'clients'". The Independent
  3. Dunne, Elisbaeth (ed.) (2013). The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education, p. 125. Emerald Group Publishing. ISBN 1781904243 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  4. "BPP University chief exits after 20 years at legal education giant - Legal Cheek". 8 March 2017.
  5. "CEO of BPP Law School steps down". 2017-06-09.
  6. RollOnFriday. "Read Blog". www.rollonfriday.com.
  7. "BPP Law School owner Apollo Education Group completes £760 million sale - Legal Cheek". 6 February 2017.
  8. "Teaching excellence framework (TEF) results 2017". 22 June 2017.
  9. https://www.solicitorsjournal.com/news/201706/ulaw-beats-bpp-undergraduate-teaching-excellence</> https://www.legalcheek.com/2017/06/ulaw-among-gold-rated-universities-in-governments-first-teaching-rankings/
  10. "ULaw among gold-rated universities in government's first teaching rankings - Legal Cheek". 22 June 2017.
  11. England, Higher Education Funding Council for. "The TEF - Higher Education Funding Council for England". www.hefce.ac.uk.
  12. http://www.bpp.com/bpp-university/international/authorised-representatives
  13. Moore, Tom (10 February 2016). "BPP Law School changes hands in $1.1bn private equity deal". Legal Business
  14. Maughan, Caroline and Maharg, Paul (eds.). (2016). Affect and Legal Education: Emotion in Learning and Teaching the Law, p. 158.. Routledge. ISBN 1317184777 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

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