Manchester University Law School and Kings Chambers have partnered to provide students with practical experience of the legal work place, adding vocational support to students’ time as undergraduates.
University of Manchester law students now have access to a network of 90 North West law firms as well increased contact with Kings Chambers. Placement schemes will begin in January 2014, with the school able to place students in law firms and chambers.
A civil litigation study module will be introduced, as will mentoring contacts, mock trials and regular talks by Kings barristers.
Head of Kings Chambers Nicholas Braslavsky QC worked with the school to implement the changes. He said: “We wanted to do anything we could to give law students who are interested in a legal career a flavour of what law is like in practice. What nobody would ever want to do is dilute the academic underpinning of the course but to add another dimension.”
He added: “Those of us at Kings are keen to play an active part in the process of preparing the students for a life in the law. Of course, the school has been outward looking for a long time but perhaps this added series of elements might serve to diminish the fears and difficulties surrounding employment and employability in the law.”