The University of Law has formed a partnership with leading US legal education provider BARBRI to enable City law firm associates and partners to sharpen their financial knowledge and skills.
A range of ‘Financial Skills for Lawyers’ courses, delivered by BARBRI in association with The University of Law, will help legal professionals broaden their business acumen and speak the language of their clients, allowing them to provide even better service.
The University of Law is offering the programme in response to calls from law firm clients requesting further financial training to complement the university’s own offerings in this area. It is just one of a range of joint projects being developed by The University of Law and BARBRI following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the two organisations.
Martin Smith, Head of Business Development at The University of Law, said: “It is no longer enough for legal professionals to have good technical ability in the law. They also need to understand their clients’ business challenges in order to give the best possible legal advice, and the BARBRI Financial Skills course will help them do that.”
BARBRI is well known in the United States for its bar review course, which almost every US attorney and thousands of foreign-trained lawyers interested in qualifying in the US have taken. BARBRI also provides legal education products to support law students throughout their academic careers, as well as programmes for practising attorneys to help them increase their professional effectiveness and grow their businesses.
Stephen Fredette, CEO and Chairman of the Board of BARBRI, said: “BARBRI and The University of Law share a common goal of creating economic opportunity for legal professionals in domestic and international communities. We are committed to helping law students, legal professionals and employers meet critical goals around education, skill set development and certification.”
The University of Law and BARBRI will launch their partnership at a complimentary ‘Financial Skills for Lawyers’ breakfast seminar on Tuesday, April 16. Hosted at The University of Law’s flagship London Moorgate centre, the event is designed for partners and senior managers from the City’s top law firms and will provide a free taster of the training programme.
Reuben Advani, president of the BARBRI Financial Skills Institute, will present the workshop. Advani began his career with the Wall Street bank, Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., where he worked in the firm's corporate finance division. He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from corporate valuation to financial reporting and is the author of The Wall Street MBA (McGraw-Hill) and Financial Freedom (Apress). He holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Wharton School and has served as an adjunct professor of finance at Drexel University, Temple University and Villanova University. BARBRI’s financial courses are relevant for lawyers in all practice areas at all levels, from associate to partner, and are especially aimed at individuals and firms with US clients. Topics to be introduced during the taster session on April 16 will include financial markets today, stock market valuation, bond market drivers and derivative structures.
As part of the partnership, The University of Law will introduce students interested in dual-qualification in the US to BARBRI’s bar review courses held throughout the UK.
Martin Smith from The University of Law added: “We are encountering greater interest from our students in working overseas as they try to maximise the career opportunities created by the increasingly global nature of the legal industry. Through our partnership with BARBRI, we can introduce them to market-leading training that will allow them to qualify as lawyers in the US, and expect to offer a host of other opportunities in the near future.”
BARBRI Robyn Caulfield BCS Communications Telephone: 1.913.663.4200 Email: Robyn@bcsthinktank.com