Global law firm Linklaters has announced that all of its future trainees will study the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at The College of Law.
The deal marks an extension of the existing relationship between the firm and the College, which has run Linklaters’ firm specific Legal Practice Course (LPC) at its London Moorgate centre since 2006.
From September 2010 the firm’s future trainees will study the GDL at any of the College’s seven centres around the country.
Simon Firth, Trainee Development partner at Linklaters, said: "By integrating the GDL and the LPC elements of our training, we are able to ensure a smooth transition from academic study to legal practice. At the same time, our relationship with the College of Law enables us to ensure that we are able to provide a market-leading course at GDL as well as at LPC level. This underlines our commitment to training, which is right at the heart of our business strategy."
The College’s GDL course has been designed in consultation with law firms, including Linklaters, 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 greatly welcome the decision by Linklaters to name the College as provider of the GDL as well as the LPC. Our GDL focuses on addressing the commercial realities of today’s legal environment and equipping future trainees with the practical skills they need when they enter the legal profession.
“This new agreement will provide Linklaters future trainees with an even stronger foundation from which to enter practice and will help to cement relationships between the firm and its trainees.”