The College of Law has become the first UK law school to provide automatic membership of the International Bar Association (IBA) to all of its students.
The IBA is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies and influences law reform and the development of the legal profession throughout the world.
Student membership will allow College of Law students to access all of the newsletters, journals and magazines produced by the IBA including its flagship magazine IBA Global Insight and the IBA webcast interview series.
Established in 1947 the organisation has a membership of more than 45,000 individual lawyers and over 200 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents and has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.
Robert Dudley, Business Development Director at The College of Law, said: “The practice of commercial law is increasingly a global affair. Lawyers require the knowledge and skills to operate across national boundaries and need to have a high level of understanding about other legal systems in order to operate with lawyers from other jurisdictions.
“The College has worked closely with the IBA for many years and by providing membership to all of our students we will help them get a head start in acquiring the global insight needed for a successful career in the modern world of law."
The IBA and The College of Law, Europe’s largest provider of legal professional education, have delivered international legal skills training together to lawyers across the globe since 2002.
In 2007 the two organisations launched a Masters of Law (LL.M) in International Legal Practice which was designed with contributions from leading global law firms, including Allen & Overy, DLA Piper and Baker & McKenzie.
The LL.M provides an internationally recognised practice-focused professional qualification designed to build corporate and cross-border legal knowledge and enhance the careers of law graduates and practitioners worldwide.
Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)