Co-op lends hand to aspiring lawyers

In-house lawyers at the Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) have vowed to help BPP students fatten their CVs by providing them with mentoring and work experience placements.

For the second year running lawyers from the CFS, which is part of the Co-operative Group, will be paired with various BPP students studying in Manchester to give them one-to-one careers advice in a bid to help them secure a training contract.

BPP student Jon Otu, who took part in the scheme last year, said: “My mentor has been so helpful with anything I’ve had trouble with, like improving my CV, helping me decide which law firms to focus on and the completion of application forms.”

As well as providing general mentoring support, students will be given the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement at CFS to give them an insight into the work of in-house solicitors.

CFS legal director Mark Broadhead said: “We hope that this programme will help to encourage and assist these enthusiastic graduates and give them the confidence to face this increasingly testing profession.”

In seperate move BPP introduced a scheme, designed specifically for Graduate Diploma in Law students studying at BPP’s Manchester and Leeds branches in March (see story).

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.