NCLT mulls formal work placement scheme

The National College of Legal Training (NCLT) has plans to launch a formal work placement scheme for its students.

NCLT, a college born out of an alliance between Central Law Training (CLT) and the University of the West of England (UWE), intends to further develop links with firms to offer regular opportunities to aspiring lawyers at its new range of centres.

Commercial director Paul Whitehouse said: “While we have arranged a number of placements already for students this has been on an ad hoc basis and it is our intention to develop a structured scheme supported by firms and students.

“This initiative is still in the very early stages of development as our first priority was to establish the NCLT teaching centres.”

The news follows the announcement of the NCLT’s launch of several new centres across the country at Coventry University, University of Sunderland, Southampton Solent University and the University of Derby.

The new institutions aim to provide cut-price full-time and part-time Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programmes from September 2012, priced at £7,400 and £5,250 respectively.