International law firm Allen & Overy and The College of Law are developing a bespoke Legal Practice Course for Allen & Overy trainees. Subject to it meeting the approval of the Law Society, the course will replace Allen & Overy’s existing LPC arrangements and is due to begin in September 2006.
It is intended that the new course will draw on the development work which has been undertaken by the City LPC consortium. The tailored nature of the course will ensure that training provided to future trainees will reflect more closely both the practice areas of the firm and the nature of transactions it undertakes.
Alison Beardsley, Graduate Recruitment Partner at Allen & Overy said:
“It is imperative that our young lawyers arrive at the firm equipped with the tools they will need to operate at the very highest level. For many years, we have wanted to be able to offer our future lawyers an LPC that was specifically tailored to the work we undertake and our involvement in the consortium was a first step towards achieving that objective. We have been pleased with the results achieved to date and hope to build on this through the development of an Allen & Overy LPC, in conjunction with the College.”
Professor Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law:
“In developing courses of this type, the College will be building on what we have been doing over the last few years. This is to produce the next generation of the LPC. It will for the first time customise the LPC to meet the diverse needs of firms of all sizes and other legal organisations within the general framework of the Law Society’s regulations. This will enable them to meet the increasingly wide range of client demands and expectations. It will provide students with a very relevant learning experience.”