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SJ Berwin trainees offered Master's option

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  • Veyr interesting idea but it could be a case of too much learning too early in someone's career, a part time Masters following qualification would be a better idea.

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  • I believe it is a brilliant idea. If you are a commercial lawyer in a City law firm, clients expect you to understand their business. Doing a Master's during the training contract would give a trainee a great opportunity to put into practice what s/he learnt. From my own experience I believe that is a very effective learning method.
    Moreover, if a trainee does not feel like committing his/her free time to further studying then s/he does not have to do it because it is optional.

    Trainee at a City law firm

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  • Great idea. To emerge after the training contract as a qualified solicitor from a top City firm with a Master’s in Law and Business looks amazing on a CV.
    But the timing doesn't appear right. In addition to working hard during the training contract, a trainee will be encouraged to do pro bono, attend work drinks and attend client drinks. Assuming a trainee wants a life outside of work, where is the room for a Master's?

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  • Ask yourself how much profit SJ Berwin made with BPP on this matter. Only fools will take an LLM at BPP. BPP the name says it all.

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  • How does it help anyone to do a masters in law and business from BPP? Where is this recognised? Which sensible client is going to look at it and think that it adds meaningful value?

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  • If BPP is good enough for the son of a current Law Lord, then it can't be too foolish.

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  • I also believe that it appears to be at too early a stage in the trainee's career. It is not possible to get onto a good MBA program in Europe such as LBS with such little real world experience
    Later on I think it would work , particularly if started during the training contract but completed say 3 years PQE, if properly set up it will matter little that I comes from BPP, if it is any good its reputations will spread in the small world of commercial law very quickly

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