BILP launches work placement scheme for LPC students

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  • "Students wishing to join the scheme will undergo a competitive selection process that will require them to submit a statement about themselves and why they want to be given the opportunity. Some firms may also require an interview"



    So how is this scheme any different to what actually happens anyway? I am sure these firms will also offer work experience to people who do not attend BILP, looks like a PR stunt to me.

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  • @anon | 22-Feb-2011 11:49 am

    They might reserve a certain number of spaces, if they offer placements at all as some of the firms are quite small, for people at BILP as is the case with some other similar schemes.

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  • This is not a "groundbreaking" scheme, I did the LPC at Cardiff University a couple of years ago and they already had a programme where ALL students spend a week at a law firm around Cardiff, firms ranging from Eversheds to high street firms.

    Not that the week actually adds any value to a resume. Everyone knows that you cannot take on any level of responsibility or prove anything in a week.

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  • I think it is 'groundbreaking' in the sense it is joined with the Bristol Law society - or was yours joined with a law soc too?

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  • This is not groundbreaking. I did my LPC at BPP Law School, London and I did a week placement at a law firm as well.

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  • It is groundbreaking because it is organised by the local LS. However, it does not go far enough. In medicine it is an integral part of the preparation of a MD to undergo real clinical work that everyone has to do.
    This approach would make sense in the legal profession, LPC/BVC students should expect and demand more from the regulators and invite them to look outside the box. Of course it is easier say than done. I believe this can be done. Here is a suggestion:
    There are plenty of opportunities to do this and not only in the typical areas reserved to pro bono work but also in the vast and exiting area of commercial/corporate law; one idea could be to create a department part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, expand the scope of Law Centres, council’s commercial dep. etc.
    One have to consider if this will take work from law firms, I don’t think it does, I know by working in-house, corporations use external lawyers from magic and silver circle firms and some specialist boutiques, the individuals that will benefit from this suggested scheme are small to medium business that will not even contemplate assistance from these fantastic laws firms.
    It is much more than mere advice on business mediums, it is very ample, for example; in an interview a LPC/BVC student will immediately know e.g. about the creation/protection of intangible assets, marketing agreements, international trade etc. This type of advice under the shadow of a qualified lawyer is a winning formula for the students and will assist in creating a prosperous society.
    LPC/BVC students are professionals who typically work hard the practical nature of the courses demand just that; practice and the students to be treated as professionals. They risk a lot and they have their noble hopes and irrespective of the market realities these hopes and hard work should be taken more seriously as is the case in other jurisdictions.

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  • It's groundbreaking because they're the first to get free publicity from it.

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