Through the right channels

Law students are a crazy lot. Not content with picking an intensive sort of course and career, a whole bunch of Oxbridge lawyers are preparing to smear themselves in Vaseline and brave the rough, crowded waters of the English Channel this summer.

Every two years the Oxford and Cambridge swimming clubs race the Channel in relay form, and the event has a good legal pedigree. Previous swimmers have gone on to become assistants in firms including Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins. This year’s swim is being managed from Oxford by lawyer-to-be Garry Manley, who is set to take up a training contract at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in 2007. Other law students will be vying for selection later this month.

The teams are still seeking sponsorship and report that any offers of assistance would be gratefully received. Who knows, in return for assistance a firm could well pick up a future assistant.