TWELVE young Indian lawyers have started a 12-week visit to study law in England under the British Council's Chevening Scholarships scheme.

The lawyers will sit a six-week course at the College of Law before being placed for six weeks with solicitors firms.

Training manager with the British Council Lindsey Russell said £121,000 was committed to the lawyers' visit.

“The reason for funding the scheme is to attract future leaders and opinion formers,” said Russell. “Law is obviously a key subject area with that objective in mind.”

The College of Law designed the six-week academic course specifically for the lawyers' visit.

The college's international director, Nick Olley, travelled to Delhi to help select lawyers for the scholarship.

He said participants were all corporate lawyers who had been practising for at least three years.

“They will spend six weeks in the classroom looking at UK and EC commercial law,” said Olley.

“Then we are arranging placements with solicitors' firms, primarily in London.”

He said the visit would provide a valuable two-way exchange of information.

“We've got as much, if not more, to learn from them as they have from us.”