"Yeah, right now I'm paragliding with some models, nbd. I'm definitely not in my parents' basement."
BPP students have called on the University to improve its approach to claims of sexual harassment after a male student directed an inappropriate comment to a female classmate.
Although the incident was relatively minor, BPP's response indicated that its policies were not fit for purpose, said the LPC students in an open letter sent this week.
The cohort had set up a WhatsApp group to exchange tips on how to secure a coveted training contract.
One of the participating students, whom RollOnFriday will call 'Mitty', dismissed a female student's summary of the best tips she had received as "not great advice".
He told her that "this is the first time I've advised a girl without sex lol", then claimed that he had managed to get his LPC fees "part paid" and was due to join Akin Gump as a trainee on "over 100k, paid in USD", although he claimed that he hadn’t “committed to them yet".
(A spokesman for Akin Gump confirmed to RollOnFriday that the firm had no connection with the student and had never heard of him, and pointed out that, in any event, its future trainees studied at ULaw.)
Another student interjected, "Didn't think anyone would need to sleep with someone to get advice".
Mitty countered that "I rarely talk to girls in person otherwise", then boasted that he had been given work experience by “HM the Queen, Linklaters and JP Morgan Chase", and that in the case of Her Majesty, "I was chosen in person so getting your foot in the door really helps".
He went on to claim that "I personally litigate, deal with police, 100-300M M&A", and that "I have a trial soon".
Mitty was removed from the group by a moderator after being informed that his suggestion that he traded advice for sex was "really inappropriate", and that his outlandish boasts were inaccurate.
Three other students reported Mitty to their programme leader for his sexual remark, but on the first day of class, the student to whom he had made the comment discovered that she was sharing two of her three elective classes with Mitty.
After more complaints, Mitty was moved from one of their shared classes into an alternative time slot. However, the complainants were told that he could not be moved from the other class he shared with the target of his WhatsApp chat because it would clash with the rest of his timetable.
"BPP’s policies, investigation and response to this incident have fallen short", said the signatories of the open letter, who complained that BPP’s lack of transparency around any measures taken created a lack of accountability.
"We believe at the very least, the perpetrator should have been separated from the target of the harassment. If his timetable conflicted with hers, then his electives should have been changed regardless of his preferences".
"If this was the response for a minor and clear-cut incident, we are concerned what will happen if there is an assault committed against a student in the future", they said, describing how course leaders appeared uncertain how to respond to the complaint and had described it as "novel".
The students said that at least one woman in their LPC cohort had suffered "serious personal loss and damage to their career" due to sexual harassment, and asked for BPP’s policies to be updated "to better protect future students".
BPP did not respond to a request for comment. It is not know whether Mitty is a graduate of Leicester University.