After having seen several clients turn to other legal practice course providers, Kaplan Law School has announced that it is set to close at the end of 2016.
The institution, founded in 2007, will withdraw from the legal education sector when its current tie-up with Nottingham Law School expires next year.
Kaplan’s current law firm clients have been informed of the move, and students set to commence Kaplan courses next month will not be affected.
In a statement, a Kaplan spokesperson told Legal Business‘ sister publication Lex: ‘The SRA’s Training for Tomorrow programme has opened up the prospect of exciting new possibilities for the route to qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales. Kaplan has therefore taken the view that it will not invest in a traditional LPC and GDL to replace the existing one but rather will concentrate its resources on developing innovative new products that draw on the Training for Tomorrow framework and reflect the Competence Statement. Therefore, Kaplan Law School’s GDL and LPC will run for its final year in 2015-16.’
The provider has suffered a few reversals of late. It took the decision to close its Bar Professional Training Course in 2014, and recently saw former clients Shearman & Sterling and Trowers & Hamlins depart to The University of Law.
This article first appeared on The Lex 100.