BiLP bolsters work placement opportunities

The Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BiLP) has boosted its work experience scheme, by more than doubling the number of placements on offer for summer 2012.

The University of West of England (UWE) law school has increased the number of organisations involved to almost 25, up from 9, adding in-house legal departments to the mix for the first time, with students spending time at Imperial Tobacco, Bristol Water, Avon and Somerset Police.

Head of legal practice course (LPC) Dagmar Steffens said: “Last year, a great number of our LPC students were able to gather valuable experience at local law firms through the scheme organised by us in co-operation with the Bristol Law Society.

“This year, we are hoping to place an even greater number of our students with law firms, as well as with in-house legal departments.  Our network is clearly working for our students.”

The placement scheme was rolled out last year in partnership with Bristol Law Society, offering those studying the LPC at least one week at participating law firms where they would shadow fee earners as well as getting involved in real work (22 February 2011).

Students wishing to join the scheme had to undergo a competitive selection process, which included a personal statement and an interview.

BiLP anticipates that more than 30 placements will take place in a range of medium sized or boutique firms, regional and legal aid firms this summer.