The Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP) is rolling out a groundbreaking work placement scheme for students on its Legal Practice Course (LPC) in partnership with the Bristol Law Society.
The innovative programme will give successful candidates the opportunity to spend at least one week at a participating law firm where they will shadow fee earners as well as getting involved in real work.
Head of BILP Steve Dinning said: “What’s exciting about the project is that students will get the opportunity to work within the smaller firms as well. This project is unique in the fact that it is tied up with the Bristol Law Society, which has the necessary links with the firms and has stimulated the interest of the local profession.”
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.
The organisations involved include ADR Group, Ashfords, Bevan Brittan, Bevans, Co-operative Legal Services, Giles Insurance, Kelcey & Hall, Lyons Davidson, Watkins Solicitors and Withy King.
The participating law firms offer a wide variety of practice areas from commercial firms to criminal practice.
BILP LPC course director Philip Millington said: “Their [students’] LPC will not simply be a tick box exercise which they have to undertake as part of their progression into the legal profession, but a real opportunity to develop as young lawyers and acquire the skills and experiences they will need when they step into practice.”