Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) will require all its future trainees to sit an international LLM before joining the firm, with the course being updated yearly to reflect the firm’s changing profile.
From this September, the top 20 firm will send each trainee cohort to the University of Law to study a bespoke version of its LLM in International Legal Practice, incorporated into the LPC. BLP’s course has been named the LLM+ in International Legal Practice.
Students completing the standard international LLM LPC take three full electives; however BLP trainees will instead choose six trimmed-down areas of focus, from a total of 18 possible choices. This will amount to 20 per cent more subject coverage and 15 per cent contact time.
Trainees will study areas of law tailored to BLP’s departments, such as a module reflecting the firm’s international capital markets department.
University of Law business development board member Sarah Hutchinson said: “At the heart of the partnership is BLP wanting to achieve something unique in the market that will support their strategy for international growth. A significant proportion of their fee income now comes from cross-border transactions.”
She added: “The firm does more than just cast its eye over the syllabus and sign it off. Partners and tutors discuss subject areas. Students will benefit because what they are learning in the classroom is what is happening on the ground.”
The course will be updated on an annual basis to mirror changes to the firm’s practice. BLP training principal Anthony Lennox said: “It is vital for us to be able to reflect the firm every year as the demands on our lawyers evolve.
“In developing this new course we’ve taken into account what the next generation of students are seeking in their careers. We are lucky to attract students of the highest calibre and we view all our trainees as the future of the firm and future partners. Their education is of paramount importance.”