BPP lends hand to aspiring high street lawyers

Would-be lawyers wanting to practice law at high street firms are getting a helping hand by BPP Law School, which is launching a programme to prepare its students for a career outside the City.

From September 2010, BPP will be providing its Legal Practice Course (LPC) students with a free optional programme designed to help them gain a training contract with a high street firm.

Chief Executive of BPP Peter Crisp said: “Many LPC students wish to go into high street or small sized firms and this programme helps them get a feel for the different challenges and expectations they can expect to encounter.”

The programme, called High Street Extra, is taught through small group sessions and contains a series of talks by external speakers from different areas of high street practice.

Students also get to take part in pro bono projects and careers provision tailored for high street practice – including networking events and mentors.

Law student Grace Salmern, who is studying at Queen Mary’s University, said that the course will be a great platform for students wanting to carve out a career on the high street.

“I think more people are being tempted into doing their training contract on the high street rather than in the City because of the increased competition, so I think any help to make your CV stand out from the crowd is only going to be a bonus,” she said.

On completion, students are awarded a High Street Extra Certificate of Attendance alongside their LPC.

The High Street Extra can be studied at BPP centres in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, London (Waterloo) and Manchester.