City Law School sets up BT internships

London’s City Law School has launched two internships with telecoms giant BT.

LLM students awarded the internship will spend three months working on an international legal project at the FTSE giant, which will also provide the students with a bursary of £5,000 each.

BT general counsel and commercial director of global services Tim Cowen said: “BT is a global business and the successful interns will get hands-on experience of several major European jurisdictions, so we think this is a really exciting opportunity.”

The internships are open to students taking City’s LLM in international commercial law and have a two-stage selection process. Students who enter must first submit a piece of coursework and a CV, then a second, smaller group chosen from among them will be invited for interview.

The BT internship is the latest in a string of new opportunities at City after the school set up internships with US firms Howrey, O’Melveny & Myers, Sidley Austin and niche shipping firm Thomas Cooper last year (Lawyer 2B, October 2006).

The move is part of a wider trend among law schools to equip students for work in in-house roles as well as in law firms.

Former Lovells partner Keith Gaines, who joined Nottingham Law School this month to lead its LPC, undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes, has placed forming closer ties with the in-house legal teams of the FTSE250 as a priority, while London Metropolitan University is to offer an LPC at Canary Wharf in a bid to capture paralegals at investment banks.