Manchester Met to train Co-op legal staff

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) will train all lawyers employed by the Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) in a newly-created legal academy.

From September this year, 200 employees from new recruits to senior managers will train at MMU. According to the CLS, one of the UK’s most prominent alternative business structures (ABS), the training will be much more flexible than traditional legal education.

As well as covering legal academic training from apprenticeships to postgraduate qualifications, the academy will also train staff who want to move from legal roles into management or business support roles, like HR or marketing.

The academy will allow staff to join a career path at different points, providing a solution for career changers or mature graduates, and allows staff to move across different disciplines within the company so as not to be restricted to one specialism.

Miceál Barden, head of Manchester Law School, part of MMU, said: “This represents a great opportunity for Manchester Law School to engage with the changing world of legal services and ensure the legal education we provide reflects the profound changes happening in the legal world today. We are delighted to be in partnership with The Co-operative Legal Services, helping to make the law accessible for others and helping to create new career paths into it.”

Earlier this month, a new online legal careers portal was announced following the merger of the Financial Skills Partnership with Skills for Justice (1 February 2012).