International law firm Ashurst has named The College of Law as exclusive provider of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) for its future trainees.
Under the agreement, which begins in September 2010, up to 60 Ashurst trainees each year will study the LPC at the College’s London Moorgate centre while around 25 trainees will undertake the GDL at any of the College’s eight centres nationwide.
At LPC level the deal embodies a radical change in the delivery style of legal training, with strong emphasis on replicating the trainee/partner relationship in the office through greater use of one-to-one supervision from tutors.
While Ashurst’s future trainees will study the core practice areas of the course alongside other corporate trainees, they will be taught the electives in firm-specific groups. The training will emphasise learning to write and draft in the firm’s preferred style and producing office-quality work, which the tutor will review as a partner would in the office.
The trainees will work with Ashurst case studies and precedents and the firm’s lawyers will be involved in teaching sessions, with the aim of ensuring that trainees are equipped with the relevant skills when they start work.
David Carter, a graduate recruitment partner at Ashurst said: “The quality of newly qualified lawyers is absolutely fundamental to the future success of our business. Together with The College of Law, we are designing an LPC programme which not only equips trainees with the specific tools needed to make a seamless and successful transition into their legal career, but also demonstrates our commitment to these trainees and their future at Ashurst."
David Carter, graduate recruitment partner with Ashurst
The three-year contract between the College and Ashurst runs until 2013 with an option to renew for a further two years.
Sarah Hutchinson, The College of Law board member for business development, said: “Ashurst’s decision to appoint The College of Law, following a rigorous selection process, is an emphatic vindication of our dedication to providing world-class legal education. We share a commitment to quality and excellence of standards, which is vital for producing top-class trainees for a leading law firm, and we hope this will be the start of a long relationship with Ashurst."