BPP Law School

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

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


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. It was set up by Mike Semple Piggot and run by Carl Lygo and Professor Peter Crisp. In 2005 the law school joined forces with the newly formed BPP Business School under the name BPP College. Both became part of BPP Holdings Ltd.[1]. Through its parent institution, the law school has degree awarding powers, awarded by the Privy Council in 2007.[2][3]. BPP Holdings was sold to the Apollo Group in 2009. BPP College was granted university status and renamed BPP University in 2013.[4][5]

BPP University Law School has ties to a consortium of "Magic Circle" and "Silver Circle" law firms to educate their future trainees.[6] The school is used by more than 50 City of London law firms to educate their lawyers.[7] The law school's pro bono centre runs a number of projects delivered by BPP law school students with guidance from qualified lawyers.[8]

BPP's parent company, Apollo Education Group, was sold to a trio of private equity companies in February 2017.[4] In March of that year, Carl Lygo, the law school's CEO and first Vice Chancellor stepped down. The departure of the law school's Dean, Peter Crisp, followed in June.[9][10] Crisp went on to become a pro vice chancellor of the University of Law.[11]

BPP University Law School had set up its first Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree programmes in 2009. The undergraduate LL.B. programme was suspended in May 2018 pending a review of the law school's entire programme portfolio. Enrollment in the LL.B. had reached a high of 665 undergraduates in 2014 but had fallen to 105 students by 2017. According to Andrew Chadwick, dean of the law school, the suspension did not effect BPP's solicitor apprenticeship programme, "which incorporates a distinct and purpose-built LLB".[12]

BPP closed its Liverpool branch at the end of June 2018. The existing 37 students there, all of whom were studying part-time, were advised to continue their legal studies at the University's Manchester campus.[13]

In 2019, Department for Education banned BPP Law School from recruiting new apprentices.[14] This was announced following an 'Inadequate' rating by Ofsted in November 2018.[15]


The school is a vocational provider of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for future Solicitors. A Master of Arts (LPC with Business), providing a dual MA in both law and business, was introduced in September 2013. 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 June 2017 BPP was ranked "Bronze" in the Teaching Excellence Framework, a government-backed initiative to make teaching standards more transparent for students, with the categories for education institutions being "Bronze", "Silver", and "Gold".[16]


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  3. Dunne, Elisbaeth (ed.) (2013). The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education, p. 125. Emerald Group Publishing. ISBN 1781904243
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  5. Willetts, David (2017). A University Education, p. 285. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198767269
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  8. The Law Society (4 October 2017). "National Pro Bono Week 2017". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  9. Aldridge, Alex (8 March 2017). "BPP University chief exits after 20 years at legal education giant". Legal Cheek. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  10. King, Katie (9 June 2017)."CEO of BPP Law School steps down". Legal Cheek. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  11. Baker, Tom (31 October 2017). [ "ULaw continues fightback to bring in high-profile former chief of arch rival BPP"]. Legal Business. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  12. King, Katie (29 May 2018). "BPP suspends law degree in face of solicitor super-exam". Legal Cheek. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  13. Walters, Max (28 March 2018). "BPP to shut Liverpool base". The Law Society Gazette. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  14. https://feweek.co.uk/2019/02/15/dfe-confirms-ban-on-recruitment-of-apprentices-at-bpp-university-months-after-ofsted-warning/ "DFE confirms ban on recruitment of apprentices at BPP University after months of warning"]. FE Week. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  15. https://feweek.co.uk/2018/11/01/ofsted-slams-private-sector-giant-bpp-for-being-unaware-of-the-slow-progress-apprentices-make/ ["Ofsted slams private sector giant BPP for being unaware of the slow progress apprentices make"] FE Week. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  16. Rogers, Matthew (23 June 2017). "ULaw beats BPP in undergraduate teaching excellence". Solicitors Journal. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
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