Four students from The College of Law in Birmingham are jetting off to France this week to gain first hand experience of the legal industry on the other side of the Channel.
Elizabeth Alabaster, aged 25, Reena Banga, aged 24, Eleanor Baynes, aged 32, and Jane Stimson, aged 25, will fly out on Saturday (July 3) and spend a month 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: Reena Banga, Elizabeth Alabaster, Eleanor Baynes and Jane Stimson.
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.
Bernardette Griffin, director of the College’s centre in Great Hampton Street, Birmingham said: “I am very pleased that the exchange has been successful for the last nine years in providing College of Law students with practical experience of legal work in France. It has been a wonderful means for students to network with French lawyers and enhance their legal knowledge and background.”
Reena Banga has just completed a Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The College of Law, which all those intending to become solicitors must pass before they can proceed to the next stage of practice.
She said: “I believe that the Lyon exchange will enable me to apply my passions for both French and Law in a professional context. I have always been interested in French culture and believe that this exchange will help me to further develop my language skills as well as give me an insight into the French legal system.”
Elizabeth Alabaster has just completed a Graduate Diploma in Law, which gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession.
“After university I spent two years working in Paris and had a brilliant time,” she said. “I am really looking forward to spending further time in France and to gaining an insight into the French legal system. I am hoping to pursue a career in international law so this will be a great experience for me.”
In September Elizabeth is due to return to The College of Law in Birmingham to undertake the LPC.
Jane Stimson and Eleanor Baynes, who have just completed the LPC, will also both return to Birmingham to begin two-year training contracts to qualify as solicitors with Birmingham-based law firms. Jane will train in the Birmingham office of Martineau, one of the UK’s leading independent law firms, while Eleanor will join international law firm Wragge & Co.
The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, Manchester, York and a new centre opening in Bristol in September.