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Herbert Smith is increasing its focus on the international graduate market with the expansion of its Indian and Australian internship programmes.
The firm, which has already housed a group of interns from both countries, has revisited Australia and is heading back to India to sign up larger groups of students. The intention is that most or all will be suitable for traineeships.
In June the firm's first Indian interns, from India's Bangalore International Law School, spent time in London. All six were offered trainee posts. Two have accepted, with four yet to confirm.
Similarly, last November six Australian students completed internships at the firm, with half set to return as trainees.
Corporate partner Chris Parsons, who heads the India group and is in charge of graduate recruitment, said both programmes had proved successful, evidenced by a high calibre of students.
Parsons revisited Australia in May, signing up 10 students for November. He is returning to India in November to attract 10 students for January or February 2008. He said the quality of candidates in India and Australia is high because universities in both countries require students to study another subject, such as commerce or economics, alongside law.
He added that it makes sense to tap in to this talent at graduate level because there is less competition from rivals.