No plans to supply solicitor apprenticeships

Magic circle participant Linklaters in the present day confirmed that sixth-formers will now have the ability to reap the benefits of its digital internship programme.

The original scheme launched last summer and sees college students achieve an perception into life as a Metropolis lawyer by way of a wide range of interactive duties and video content material. Till now, the digital programme was solely open to school college students.

Linklaters says the enlargement of the programme comes at a time when aspiring attorneys are being lower off from important work expertise alternatives resulting from COVID-19 restrictions in relation to workplace work.

The tweaked programme sees members rotate by way of the agency’s key follow areas: company, banking and dispute decision, with a further alternative to achieve perception into the work performed throughout the agency’s professional bono crew.

They are going to full various duties together with advising a shopper on insolvency points, figuring out key arguments for use in a dispute decision case, and serving to the Linklaters crew with the early phases of an M&A transaction.

Requested whether or not it had plans to supply members a route into the occupation by way of a solicitor apprenticeship, a spokesperson for the agency instructed Authorized Cheek: “The platform is designed to be a secure house for college students to search out out extra concerning the world of economic legislation. We’re subsequently not utilizing the platform to evaluate college students or as a range instrument for formal work expertise.”

The scheme, open to all 16 to 18 year-olds, has been created in-conjunction with digital schooling supplier Forage, previously generally known as InsideSherpa.

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Fionnghuala Griggs, trainee recruitment companion at Linklaters, mentioned: “We’re enthusiastic about growing entry to the Metropolis to college students of all backgrounds and enabling younger individuals to be taught extra about what it means to be a business lawyer. We need to supply this free expertise to younger individuals from wherever within the nation to encourage college students, no matter their background, faculty, or location, {that a} profession in legislation is open to them.”

Griggs continued:

“We recognise that now, greater than ever throughout these difficult instances, it’s important we discover methods to maintain the doorways open to giving younger individuals expertise that may assist them be taught extra about business legislation and the alternatives it provides, make knowledgeable selections about their future and get on the profession ladder.”

Linklaters revealed its present digital internship aimed toward college college students attracted over 18,000 sign-ups throughout lockdown. This ran individually to the agency’s summer time trip scheme programme which moved online in response to the pandemic.