BBC reveals details of new training contract to launch in September

The BBC has announced its plans for its new training contract, which will begin in 2015.

Applications are to open for three training contract places, with a start date of September this year.

The scheme will take a similar format to the traditional law firm training contract, with trainees undertaking four seats in different parts of the organisation.

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There will be one seat in the BBC legal division, based in White City, which is likely to focus primarily on IP and IP litigation. BBC Worldwide will offer a commercial seat, also based in White City. A third will be in the rights, legal and business affairs team, based around New Broadcasting House.

The fourth and final seat will take place with one of the BBC’s panel law firms. Lawyer 2B understands that the organisation is close to putting agreements in place with two mid-sized London firms, one of whom will be Olswang.

Since the training contract will begin in September, the BBC is only seeking applicants who will have passed their LPC by that point. It will not refund postgraduate course fees. The salary for trainees is likely to be in the mid-£20,000s.

Alison Neil, learning and development manager for BBC Legal, told Lawyer 2B that the organisation was looking to recruit bright graduates who are passionate about a career in law and with demonstrable interest in and knowledge about the BBC, saying: “We will be looking for those candidates who can show at interview why they are interested in training in-house rather than at any private practice law firm, and who understand what a legal in-house career is about.”  

”We also want people who can demonstate why they want to work for the BBC, and BBC Legal specifically: those who understand that it is still a legal job, not mixing with celebrities every night.”

The application process will be via the BBC website and will open in early March.