Herbert Smith cans trainees for failing LPC assessment

August 29, 2012 Twelve candidates on this year's fast track Legal Practice Course at BPP have failed part of the course, according to a RollOnFriday source. The students concerned have met with vastly different consequences: while those from Freshfields and Norton Rose have been given a second chance, the Herbert Smith students have been given the boot.

The LPC is the final hurdle for these would-be lawyers, who have got through A-levels, a degree, a training contract interview and, for some, the GDL as well. And if it seems harsh to exclude trainees because the faltered in one of the assessments just before the finishing line, that’s because it is. But Herbert Smith has a zero tolerance policy for these kinds of mistakes. Said a spokesperson: "the current terms and conditions in our offer of employment clearly state that students have to pass all elements of the LPC course at the first attempt. We look to apply this policy on a consistent basis but do take into account any genuine mitigating circumstances."

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