BLP unveils new LL.M+ course for training contract students
International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today unveiled a pioneering new course with The University of Law (ULaw) for all future trainees.
The new course, an LL.M+ in International Legal Practice, will be the first of its kind – underpinning BLP’s commitment to innovation within all facets of the firm – and is the latest development in BLP’s nine year association with ULaw and its Moorgate campus in the City of London.
The LL.M+ follows on from the ground-breaking LPC+ that BLP and ULaw created in 2006, which remains unique in delivering two additional Stage 2 elective subjects. The LL.M+ will commence in September 2014.
Today’s announcement comes as part of an on-going campaign recently launched by BLP that focuses on the future of law, and incorporates a number of initiatives and schemes aimed at exploring the shape of the future profession.
The LL.M+ will contain up to 20% more legal practice coverage and over 15% more learning hours than a standard LPC, and has a wider and more comprehensive subject coverage than any other available LPC programme. BLP will also be the first of ULaw’s law firm LPC clients to make it compulsory for their trainees to complete the LL.M aspect of the course, as well as the LPC.
The international focus of the new course will reflect BLP’s rapid growth overseas, where it now has eleven offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Throughout the LL.M+ BLP’s trainees will develop a broad understanding of the mechanics of cross-border transactions.
Anthony Lennox, Training Principal at BLP, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with The University of Law and in developing this new course we’ve taken into account what the next generation of students are seeking in their careers. We are lucky to attract students of the highest calibre and we view all our trainees as the future of the firm and future partners. Their education is of paramount importance.”
This course will enhance what has rapidly become a successful partnership for both BLP and ULaw. Lennox mentioned that last year, along with a 100% pass rate, 92% of BLP students received distinctions. He also said that the changes will further focus the students’ training on work types and skills that are important to their clients and sector specialisations.
“BLP’s LL.M+ will help ensure that our students are fully prepared for the demands of working at BLP and are ready to give high quality legal advice.”
ULaw is the exclusive GDL and LPC provider to the world’s largest law firms – appointed by four out of the top five UK law firms. All of ULaw’s tutors are qualified lawyers with significant experience of BLP’s key legal practice areas, including corporate, finance, litigation, real estate and tax.
Sarah Hutchinson, Vice President (Business Development) at ULaw, said: “A major part of our strategic focus is to maintain the success of English law and English firms such as BLP in the global market. This programme is a manifestation of that strategy – at its heart we are creating a generation of BLP lawyers with the legal intellectual agility to function even more effectively in both the domestic and global markets. Over the years our partnership with BLP has become a real engine for driving innovation in the learning and development of young lawyers.”
Notes to Editors
Berwin Leighton Paisner is an international law firm with over 850 fee earners, including more than 200 partners. Active in nine major sectors and across a range of industries, we have an established global footprint and last year we worked or had clients in 130 countries worldwide. Our clients’ business is global and so are we. In addition to eleven wholly owned offices across three continents, we have flexible, proactively managed relationships with more than 100 leading ‘preferred firms’ in over 65 countries. We have completed award winning, multi-disciplinary assignments for clients across a range of sectors and industries including FTSE 100 companies and financial institutions, major multinationals, the public sector, entrepreneurial private businesses and individuals.
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