Tomorrow's barristers and solicitors will incur more debt in achieving their qualifications than any generation of legal professionals before them. 

Last month BPP University law school took the dubious honour of offering the most expensive legal practice course (LPC) in England and Wales. The University will charge an eye watering £15,740 in London, and a whopping £19,070 for its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). The schools explain away the high fees by citing high overhead costs and commercial property rents. 

But as graduates already leave higher education with fee debts of £27,000 after their first degree, this raises the question of whether efforts to improve diversity will be hampered by extortionate costs.