Simmons & Simmons is overhauling its graduate recruitment programme by requiring all of its future trainees to undertake its dedicated legal MBA.
The MBA, which was introduced in 2009, was originally offered to students as an optional alternative to the traditional route to sit after the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and prior to the training contract (12 March 2008).
Future trainees due to start at the top 20 firm in September 2014 will now begin the MBA during an accelerated LPC at BPP Law School, and then continue the course throughout the two-year training contract.
Graduate recruitment partner Alex Brown said: “After monitoring very closely the benefits the MBA is delivering we think it’s very worthwhile and adds a lot of value to the trainees.
“We’ve had some really positive feedback that the skills and experience trainees gain from the course are valuable not only to the individual, but to our clients and wider firm.”
The new format will give the trainees the opportunitiy to gain a diploma at the end of their training contracts, and a MBA qualifcation if they continue the course for two years post-qualification.
The news comes after Eversheds introduced the first combined LPC and training contract, which will see trainees complete their electives during their training period (12 December 2011).