Simmons to put all trainees through bespoke MBA course

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  • So if I understand this correctly, Simmons wants its trainees to combine the MBA with the LPC, the training contract and the 2 years PQE??? Is that even doable?? Welcome to no work/life balance at Simmons class of 2014!

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  • @Sceptical law student:

    Most part-time (exec) MBA courses are completed within 2 years, so no reason why the Simmons version can't be completed in 5 years.

    Simmons is ahead of the curve here, an MBA adds lot of basic financial and business knowledge when compared with the training UK lawyers have typically received. It is brave, too, of Simmons - lawyers with an MBA will have more opportunity to branch out into different careers if that is their desire. In the long run, Simmons must be hoping such employees will retain significant goodwill towards the firm.

    I think this will be something that will attract ambitious candidates and improve Simmons' ability to recruit the best and brightest.

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  • Another hoop to jump through before qualification. One has to ask why other, superior, firms haven't followed the same route?

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  • Accent on the word "bespoke"? Does it happen to mean not quite the full time 12 month MBA undertaken by those developing their careeer in industry after a few years of leaving university when they have some experience for the MBA learning to mean something? Good on S&S though for acting on the recognition that lawyers should have a better grasp on business and commerce than many currently do.

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  • If Simmons sees a noticeable increase in revenue after 2014 that could in some way be attributed to its NQs having taken MBAs, then we could say the decision made business sense. If there isn't, then we could call it window-dressing - it's too early to come to conclusions.

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  • @Nicholas: I think it's myopic to assume that every bit of training must have a visible effect on revenue. It would be impossible to conclude whether the MBA had any effect on the revenue - what if the market continued downwards? i think the point is that the MBA makes Simmons lawyers better able to understand client concerns - which could have a significant effect on client-lawyer relationships, for example, and improve the image of the firm - which could of course lead to more revenue, but it'd be impossible to say otherwise.

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