Two more law firms, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Bindmans, have signed up to Queen Mary University of London’s (QMU) business placement programme for LLB students, which sees undergraduates from the university spend a year working in private practice as part of their degree.

The Law in Practice LLB was initially launched in 2015 as a partnership between QMU and Reed Smith, is designed to equip students with greater commercial sense while maintaining academic standards. Successful candidates will be guaranteed a training contract interview at the end of their placement year.

One placement with Bindmans will focus on human rights, while up to three students will be able to work at BCLP in either real estate or finance.

Professor Penny Green, QMU’s head of law, said: “I am delighted to see Queen Mary’s legal placement programme go from strength to strength. Our students will gain invaluable experience through these partnerships and I look forward to the initiative developing further in the coming years.”

BCLP training principal Anthony Lennox said: “We recognise the importance of practical legal work experience in addition to academic study and feel this programme will increase students’ employability in the legal market, particularly when considering upcoming changes in the profession such as the Solicitor Qualifying Examination.”

Last month, Reed Smith extended its own ‘placement year’ offering by partnering with Exeter University. Up to five successful students will gain a place on that scheme, which will begin in 2020.