Junior lawyers at Eversheds have been offered the chance to improve their business acumen by taking a mini-MBA, which is being offered as part of its new Commercial Academy.
The academy has been set up to offer a number of optional and compulsory business development courses for lawyers in certain practice groups across the firm. And as part of this, junior lawyers with up to four years’ post-qualification experience can sign up to take the mini-MBA.
Human resources director Angus Macgregor said: “Our new Commercial Academy is ensuring that client service, innovation and commerciality are as natural to lawyers at every level of the firm as is their legal knowledge.”
As well as the mini-MBA other courses available include commercial relationships and networking, financial reporting and decision-making, marketing and communications, as well as an introduction to business development.
The news comes after BPP Business School and SJ Berwin teamed up to launch a bespoke Masters programme in business for trainee solicitors in a bid to improve their commercial awareness (see story).
The firm struck a deal with BPP to provide a tailored Masters programme that will see the firm’s trainees ’top-up’ their Legal Practice Course during their training contract to gain an MA (Law in Business) upon qualification.
But the first firm to launch a dedicated legal MBA with BPP was Simmons & Simmons when it was trying to manage the size of its future trainee solicitor intakes during the height of the credit crisis (read more).