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City Law School

Case Study
Market Position, Strategic Restructure advice

Service: Market Position, Strategic Restructure advice

Since August 2018, Halpin has been working with City Law School, firstly to undertake a review on their market position and more recently to provide strategic advice and support around their decision to restructure the School.

City Law School is facing unprecedented change, with both external drivers (such as changes being proposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board), and internal changes (huge increase in LLB students, the consolidation of the ‘Practice’ and ‘Academic’ aspects into a new building).

In light of this period of change, and prior to the appointment of the new Dean of the Law School, Halpin was commissioned to review CLS’s market position, and to recommend a constructive path forward.

Our work with the Law School to find its market position led to further research regarding the future of legal education. The additional research was designed to gather evidence from undergraduate LLB and BPTC students on their programmes, as well as to canvas institutional opinion from professional services and academic staff on how to transform into a nimble, innovative and highly rated School.

Our findings were presented to the new Dean of the Law School in January 2019. The next phase of our work – on refining the BPTC programme via testing with employers – was delivered in early 2021.


  • Realistic evidence-based benchmarking.
  • Clear recommendations on developing new offerings to satisfy the direction of legal education in the future.
  • Strategy for increasing market share in international recruitment.
  • Further recommendations regarding structure and management as well as teaching and student experience to facilitate any future change.