Four students from The College of Law in Birmingham are jetting off to France this month to gain first hand experience of the legal industry on the other side of the Channel.
Sophie Fenn, aged 28, Alexandra Morton, aged 23, Thomas Bailey, aged 23, and Satveer Pnaiser, aged 22, will spend four weeks in Birmingham’s twin city of Lyon where they will undertake placements with law firms in the business district.
College of Law students jet off to France. L – R: Thomas Bailey, Alexandra Morton, Satveer Pnaiser and Sophie Fenn.
The annual exchange started in 2001 and is organised jointly by The College of Law and L’Ecole des Avocats, a law school in Lyon. In September four students from L’Ecole will come to Birmingham, spending one week at the College and three weeks with law firms.
Thomas, a modern languages graduate, has just completed a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at The College of Law. He is due to return to the College in September to undertake a Legal Practice Course (LPC).
He is no stranger to the French way of life having spent six months studying in Aix-en-Provence as part of the European Commission’s Erasmus scheme.
“The exchange provides a perfect opportunity to combine two of my passions in both law and French," he said. “At a time when the European Union has such an important impact on our lives in the UK, it will provide me with invaluable insight as to how it affects businesses and law firms alike in another member state."
Alexandra has also just completed a GDL at the College and is beginning an LPC in September. She is due to start a training contract at the Birmingham office of commercial law firm Hammonds in September 2010.
She has previously spent time in France as part of her university degree in French and Italian. She studied at Clermont-Ferrand University for a semester with the Erasmus scheme and also worked in a hotel in Paris.
She said: “I have always been interested in French culture and I hope that the Lyon exchange will provide me with a useful insight into the French legal system, while at the same time enabling me to further develop my language skills in a professional context."
Sophie has just completed an LPC with the College and has a training contract lined up with Anthony Collins Solicitors in Birmingham while Satveer has just finished a Bar Vocational Course.
The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Chester, Guildford and York and a new centre opening in Manchester in September.