CoL creates legal aid training contract

The College of Law (CoL) is giving one would-be legal aid lawyer the chance to do their training contract in its legal advice unit as part of a scheme set up to pay tribute to a former governor.

The school has created the Henry Hodge Traineeship in memory of its former deputy chair of governors Sir Henry Hodge, who died of leukemia in June 2009.

From September 2010, the successful applicant will spend the first year of their training contract working in CoL’s legal advice centre at its London Bloomsbury centre. Their second year will be spent at law firm Hodge Jones & Allen, which was founded by Hodge.

Chair of the academic board Richard de Friend said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who’s really interested in working in legal aid because it’s such a hard area of law to get into. And it’s also a great way to pay tribute to Henry’s immense commitment to social welfare and legal aid work.”

The news comes after Northumbria university was approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to be the first-ever institution to pilot a five-year course that combines a law degree with both the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and training contract (see story).

As part of the course students will work full-time for six months at the university’s student law office.

Applications for the Henry Hodge Traineeship are open to those who have taken, or are about to complete, their LPC at the CoL. The closing date for applications is 30 June.