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12 Dec 2011

Eversheds launches 21st Century approach to legal training


International law firm Eversheds has announced today that it will be running an innovative Combined Study Training Contract (CSTC) which will integrate the legal practice course (LPC) with the Training Contract from August 2012.

Developed in agreement with the SRA , the CSTC will enable Trainees to undertake the core modules of the fast-track LPC before joining the firm to start their Training Contracts. This will allow them to study the LPC electives during relevant seats of their practical training. This new approach to Training Contracts will allow the Trainees to apply their learning in a practical environment, improving the relevance of the subject studied and the quality of learning. It will also mean that Trainees join the firm on a salary much sooner, shortening the period from LPC to qualification.

The CSTC, a result of Eversheds’ ongoing exploration of alternatives to traditional legal training, will take place in Eversheds’ London, Leeds and Birmingham offices. It will offer 12 students a place at the firm under the scheme, while 48 students will join the firm in September 2012 on a traditional Training Contract. The 12 Trainees will complete the LPC at BPP Law School, studying the Core modules from August 2012 until December 2012, with the CSTC running from January 2013 to January 2015. Trainees will be able to qualify as solicitors approximately eight months earlier than under the traditional route.

Nicky Bizzell, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Eversheds, said:

“We are very excited about our Combined Study Training Contract as we believe that this is the future of legal training. Lawyers of the 21st Century need a high quality learning experience which will stand them in good stead for their future careers. We anticipate that this more focused, work-based learning approach will be very popular.”

Ian Gascoigne, the Training Principal at Eversheds, commented:

“We are confident that this arrangement will benefit both the trainees and the firm. By combining trainees’ activities during their training contracts with the electives they study, we believe our scheme will enhance the quality of training provided and create a more relevant and rewarding experience.”

Peter Crisp Chief Executive at BPP Law School, said:

“I’m really excited that BPP is working with Eversheds to help deliver the Combined Study Training Contract. It is a fantastic initiative, which fits in perfectly with our commitment to delivering first-rate, innovative training with a strong practical focus. By enabling trainees to immerse themselves in the firm whilst studying, they can take what they learn on the LPC and apply it straightaway in a practical context which, ultimately, will help them better serve the needs of their clients.”

For more information contact

Chantel Gohil-Gray

t: +44 (0) 207 919 4629
m: + 44 (0) 7786 915 664

Eversheds LLP and its world wide offices have over 4,000 people who provide services to the private and public sector business and finance community. Access to all these services is provided through 57 international offices in 31 jurisdictions. Eversheds combines local market knowledge and access with the specialisms, resources and international capability of one of the world's largest law firms.

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