BPP guarantees work placements to GDL students

BPP Law School is introducing a revolutionary new scheme to help fatten students’ CVs as competition for legal work experience continues to intensify.

From September 2010 students studying at BPP’s Manchester and Leeds branches will be able to sign up to a new work experience programme, which includes a placement at a local firm or chambers.

Chief executive of BPP Peter Crisp said: “By guaranteeing placements we can ensure our students who have no previous work experience have something tangible to put on their CVs.”

As well as a work placement, which will be undertaken in Spring 2011, students get to take part in a series of talks and workshops to improve their marketability and will get to attend various pro bono training activities.

Former GDL student Kathryn Smith, who took part in the pilot scheme last year, said: “I had a placement at Simpson Millar and had a really fantastic day. The firm was already on my list for places to apply to regarding a training contract so it was great to have the opportunity to get an inside perspective”

The scheme is being supported by a range of law firms and organisations including Addleshaw Goddard, Berg Legal, The Crown Prosecution Service and Mills & Reeve.