International law firm Allen & Overy has strengthened its ties with The College of Law by naming it as the preferred provider of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for its future trainees.
Under the agreement, which begins in September, the firm’s future trainees will study the GDL at any of the College’s seven centres around the country.
Since 2006 the College, the leading provider of professional legal education in Europe, has provided Allen & Overy’s tailored firm-specific Legal Practice Course (LPC) at its London Moorgate centre and this latest deal marks an extension of the partnership.
Training Principal, David Campbell, from Allen & Overy said: "We have received good feedback from our future trainees about The College of Law LPC course, and value the open and constructive relationship we have built up with the College since 2006.
Extending this relationship to include the GDL training makes sense for us and will benefit our future trainees."
The College of Law’s GDL focuses on addressing the commercial realities of today’s legal environment and equipping its students with the practical skills they need when they enter the legal profession.
The course has been designed in consultation with law firms, including Allen & Overy, and places a big emphasis on developing the students’ lawyering skills, including problem solving, analysis and research, in a commercial context. The ‘Preparing for Practice’ module, unique to the College, uses practical, problem-based learning focusing on real-life cases and work situations.
Sarah Hutchinson, Director of Business Development with The College of Law, said: “We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Allen & Overy. Providing the GDL as well as the LPC to their trainees will give them a more coherent two-year programme, which prepares them for practice with the firm. It will help Allen & Overy stay in touch with their trainees much better and enhance bonds between the firm and their students.”