BLP opens doors to freshers with launch of Insight Programme

Berwin Leighton Paisner has become the latest law firm to target freshers by announcing plans to launch a three-day Insight Programme.

The top 20 law firm plans to invite between 15 and 20 first year students to its City office in April 2012. The actual structure of the event is still being finalised but is expected to resemble a mini-vacation scheme, offering greater insight into the firm than an open day would.

Graduate recruitment advisor Sarah Burson said: “We saw that more and more first years are going to law fairs and getting a lot savvier.

“This scheme is an opportunity for first year students to make an impact at an early stage, and help us build a pipeline for future vacation schemes.”

The programme is open mainly to first year law students, but the firm will consider applications from second-year non-law students as well.

To apply for the scheme, students will have to follow an application process similar to that for vacation schemes. Unsuccessful applicants will be given a guaranteed place on the firm’s annual open day.

The news comes after Slaughter and May earlier this year targeted freshers for the first time with the introduction of an open day, which will run for the first time next year (25 May 2011).

Linklaters also rolled out its first two-day Insight Programme this year, inviting a cohort of first year students into its London office in April (19 April 2011).