SJ Berwin trainees offered Master’s option

Trainee solicitors at SJ Berwin can now complete their training contracts with a Master’s under their belts, thanks to a bespoke programme being offered by BPP Law Shool.

The firm has teamed up with BPP to design a new business programme for its future trainees which, together with completion of the school’s Legal Practice Course (LPC), will lead to a Master’s in Law and Business at the end of their training contract .

Head of learning and development at SJ Berwin Ann Collier said: “Although participation in the programme is entirely voluntary, we expect it to be a popular choice as it gives trainees an important extra string to their bow.”

The programme, which will be sponsored in full by the firm, will include modules on business analysis and business finance as well as an organised placement with a client or related business.

Dean of BPP Peter Crisp, said: “This is an innovative programme in which formal learning is enhanced with a great opportunity to spend time in a business, focussing on strategy, finance and growth. Uniquely BPP is able to draw on the strength of its Business School to design a programme which will enable SJ Berwin trainees to engage as business people with clients and relate to their work through the eyes of their clients and understand the commercial drivers.”

All of SJ Berwin’s future trainees study their LPC at BPP as part of an exclusive relationship formed with the law school in October 2007.

In a separate move, SJ Berwin has asked for volunteers to come forward from the firm’s Autumn 2009 intake to push back their start dates for six months in return for £3,000.