Herbies joins forces with Oxford Uni in battle for top Indian grads

Herbert Smith has teamed up with Oxford University to run a week-long lecture series in India to attract the county’s top legal talent.

The firm’s corporate partner Chris Parsons will fly out with Oxford law faculty dean, professor Timothy Endicott, to give a series of lectures and workshops at the National Law School of India University, in Bangalore.

Graduate recruitment manager Peter Chater said: “Oxford University is such a well-known brand in India. Our presence on campus in India with Oxford University will really put our name to the forefront and hopefully attract brilliant candidates for our internship programme.”

During the lecture series, Parsons will host a range of sessions including negotiation skills and presentations explaining the autonomy of a deal in a bid to give Indian students a greater insight into the UK’s legal market.

Endicott meanwhile, will be promoting Oxford’s Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree and leading various skills sessions.

The news comes after Oxford’s law faculty and the Saïd Business School announced the launch of a pioneering new degree programme named The Oxford Master’s in Law and Finance.

The new degree, which begins in October 2010, will be a full-time nine-month programme offering students with a background in law the chance to develop an advanced understanding of financial transactions.

Herbert Smith began recruiting from law schools in India in April 2007. Each year the firm offers several penultimate year law students from India the chance to take part in a two-week internship in its London base.