Here at BLP we work hard at making sure that you are armed with the information and experience you need to succeed in your legal career. Below is a list of opportunities, from Year 12 students through to legal apprenticeships, that can get you started on the right track.
Before embarking down the path of legal training, you might want more of an insight into what a legal career and an international law firm would look like. We have 3 Insight Programmes to do just that:
The BLP Career Kick-Start Work Experience programme was inspired by the PRIME initiative and is also a part of the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP).
PRIME was launched in 2011 by the legal sector to provide fair access to quality work experience in law firms for young people. LSMP was subsequently created to provide a further week of work experience in corporate legal teams. Both of these initiatives aim to level the playing field, in recognition that students from more privileged backgrounds, particularly those who have been privately educated, may have access to more work experience and networking opportunities than others. The programme provides a holistic view of the legal sector and different opportunities to practice as a solicitor.
The BLP Career Kick-Start Work Experience programme is designed to provide Year 12 students with a detailed insight into what it’s like to work in a City law firm and in in-house legal roles. The programme comprises two weeks as follows:
Deadline for applications is 31 January 2018 - please visit our applications page for further details and to submit your application.
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First year law student or Penultimate year non-law student (London)
Designed specifically for University students earlier on in their studies, we offer an Insight scheme.
During the Insight scheme, students will be assigned a trainee buddy for the duration of the week. You will shadow the trainee in a department and be given typical 'trainee tasks' so you can see what a trainee would do day-to-day. We also organise a series of talks and workshops, to give you more information on what life is like in a major law firm and to also help build your skill set. The scheme is held in April 2018.
“I could not be more grateful to BLP for giving me the once in a lifetime opportunity to partake in the Career Kick-Start programme. The biggest impact is the amount of confidence that has grown in me; I feel as though I can accomplish anything if I set my mind to it.”
“The legal apprentice role has been a great opportunity. It has allowed me to learn the trade first hand from professionals in the field such as lawyers and paralegals. I have been able to feel what it is like to work in a busy and diverse firm. My team are fantastic and are always there to help. I would recommend joining the apprenticeship scheme at BLP to anybody who is serious about Law.”
“Meeting various legal professionals has been brilliant and the opportunity to network with these people as well as fellow students has expanded my contacts and overall provided a solid base for starting Law at University.”
“The BLP apprenticeship programme is an excellent route to qualify as a solicitor, alongside gaining valuable work experience in a highly reputable international law firm. The support and training offered to apprentices at BLP has been incredible. I feel very privileged to be doing this apprenticeship and I definitely made the right decision to kick-start my legal career at BLP. I would encourage anyone who is serious about a career in Law to consider qualifying through the apprenticeship route.”
“I strongly feel that the programme has given me a unique insight into how law is applied in practice.”
Joining BLP as a Legal Apprentice could be your first step in the beginning of a rewarding legal career with us. Partnering with BPP University who will deliver the Paralegal Apprenticeship, you will combine working in our successful Manchester office as part of one of our legal teams alongside studying for nationally recognised qualifications.
We are recruiting a number of apprentices to join our firm this September and are looking for ambitious and motivated individuals who are passionate about starting their career in law. These are great opportunities and should you choose to continue studying after completing the Paralegal Apprenticeship, there will be opportunities to move onto the Solicitor Apprenticeship.
So what are the benefits of joining BLP?
Our Application Process
Please look out for when we will start recruiting for apprenticeships.
There is no better way to experience BLP than to join us on one of our vacation schemes. We run three a year in London and typically take 20 students per scheme. In our Hong Kong office we run three month-long internships each year and typically take 5-8 students per scheme
You will get to choose the departments you sit in and will be assigned a trainee 'buddy' for you to shadow. You will very much be 'part of the team' and will be involved in every aspect of the department; from client meetings to court runs. Apart from actually doing real client work, you will also attend a series of partner-led talks and workshops, to help build up your knowledge about BLP and improve your skill set.
But it won't all be work! You will have lots of opportunities to network with firm members in social settings: lunch with partners, various social events with trainees, and firmwide events. Previously Vac schemers have attended the Christmas party, a BLP client 'dragon boat race' and playing in BLP sports teams such as tag rugby and softball.
We want you to get the most out of your vacation scheme, so we expect you to ask lots of questions and get involved.
The recruitment process for our schemes is the same as our recruitment process for training contracts. First is the online application form and aptitude test, and then if you are successful, we'll invite you to an assessment centre. During the scheme, you will be offered the chance to have a final round training contract interview.
Our 2017/2018 scheme dates are:
For further details and to apply, please visit our applications page.
We firmly believe that our trainees are the future of our firm and we invest heavily in helping you fulfill your potential