The College of Law has been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards 2010.
Its innovative Pathways to Law scheme, which was established in conjunction with The Sutton Trust and supports A-Level students from disadvantaged backgrounds keen to enter the legal profession, has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Equality and Diversity’ category.
In the ‘Excellence in Learning and Development’ category the College has been recognised for its LL.M in International Legal Practice, a practice-focused professional qualification created with the International Bar Association that is delivered to students across the globe via supervised online modules.
Now in their fourth year, the Law Society Excellence Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of members of the legal profession over the past 12 months. The Law Society says that it received a “record” number of nominations this year and that “the judges were very impressed with the high standard of the entries”. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on October 21.
Prof Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in not just one but two categories of these highly prestigious awards. This recognises the College’s hard work over the past few years both to increase diversity in the legal profession and to lead the way in the development of cutting edge e-learning technology, which helps students to gain the practical and professional skills needed in today’s globalised legal market.”
The £3m Pathways to Law scheme targets state school pupils who are the first generation of their family to attend university and provides support throughout years 12 and 13 and beyond. It is backed by major universities, law firms and The Law Society, enabling a varied programme of lectures, seminars, advice sessions and e-mentoring plus an invaluable law firm placement. Since it began in 2007 more than 1,100 students have participated.
The LL.M in International Legal Practice was designed with contributions from leading global law firms, including Allen & Overy LLP, DLA Piper LLP and Baker & McKenzie, and focuses on building corporate and cross-border legal knowledge. Students use innovative online study materials with one to one tutor supervision allowing them to tailor their learning and study anywhere in the world at their own pace with no requirement to attend face-to-face training in the UK. Since it began in 2008 lawyers from over 50 jurisdictions have registered onto 600 subjects making it one of the most successful international LL.Ms on the market.
<404>View the shortlisted entries in The Law Society Excellence Awards 2010<404>