UWE launches international placements for law students

Issue date: 07 April 2011


Two law students at the University of the West of England's Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP) are the first to be placed with German law firms as part of BILP's new international placement scheme. Over the summer, Legal Practice Course (LPC) students Simon Curran and Lauren Luscombe will undertake four-week placements at two leading German commercial law firms in Berlin and Dusseldorf.

These placements form part of the launch by BILP of an innovative international development for the LPC. From September 2011, students with links to or an interest in Germany may become part of an LPC working group undertaking cultural and legal activities relating to Germany as well as having the chance of being chosen for the work placements at BILP's partner firms in Germany. Plans are already in train to widen the scheme to include other countries over the next couple of years.

BILP's Senior Lecturer Dagmar Steffens who is coordinating BILP's international activities for the LPC said, “In today's competitive employment market, it is important for our LPC students to stand out through varied and relevant work experience. The work placements offered by our German partners will enhance our students' employability at this early stage of their careers as well as generally affording them an incredible once in a lifetime experience. In the long run, it might well be the starting point of an international career.”

Simon Curran, who will be working at GSK Stockmann + Kollegen in Berlin, said, “I am so pleased to have been selected by BILP for this exciting opportunity which gives me a chance to maximize the benefit of having gained an LLB in Law and German. I am really looking forward to the challenge of working in a different business culture at one of Germany's most highly regarded real estate and corporate law firms.”

After completing his LPC studies and the placement, Simon will join a leading South West law firm to complete his training to become a solicitor. Lauren Luscombe will work at the Düsseldorf offices of Beiten Burkhardt, one of Germany's top corporate law firms with particular strengths in Eastern Europe, China and Russia.

Dr Oda Wedemeyer, Berlin-based partner at GSK Stockmann + Kollegen, said, “GSK is committed to selecting and supporting the very best up-and-coming young lawyers for the firm's internship programme, not only nationally but also on an international level. GSK is delighted to participate in BILP's new LPC international placement scheme by offering an annual GSK internship to BILP LPC students, and is looking forward to working with BILP as one of the top LPC providers in the UK. This creation of international opportunities bears witness to both GSK's and BILP's commitment to be at the forefront of training across boundaries as well as to their ability to think outside the box.”

The international work placements on offer complement BILP's recently launched placement scheme in Bristol and the South West which is being run in conjunction with Bristol Law Society.


Editor's notes

For more information on studying the Common Professional Examination, Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England, visit http://law.uwe.ac.uk/bilp/

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