ULaw, in partnership with national law firm Irwin Mitchell and The Chartered Legal Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), has walked away with the Development of Talent prize at this year’s Halsbury Legal Awards.
This comes just two months after ULaw won the ‘Best Preparation for Work Initiative (Higher Education)’ category of the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ Development Awards 2013 and six months after winning the prize for Education and Training Initiative of the Year at the British Legal Awards, again in partnership with Irwin Mitchell and CILEx.
The latest award, the Development of Talent prize, is for Irwin Mitchell’s IMU Law and Business School, which was established in 2011 and is the first legal and business education programme of its kind to be developed by a law firm in partnership with both ULaw and CILEx.
It uses internal and external experts to provide development opportunities for all staff from paralegal to partner level and also leads to externally validated degree level qualifications.
ULaw’s Association of Graduate Recruiters award, presented in March, was for its innovative online Student Employability Programme (StEP) developed by the University’s Employability Service in response to concerns about access to the profession. The ten-step programme to help aspiring lawyers prepare for a legal career is available free to anyone who registers on ULaw’s Future Lawyers Network website.
The British Legal Award was presented in November to Irwin Mitchell, ULaw and CILEx, again in recognition of the success of the IMU Law and Business School programme.
Sarah Hutchinson, Vice President (Business Development) at The University of Law, said: “The fact that we have won three major awards in such a short space of time highlights The University of Law’s emphasis on innovation and quality in the development and delivery of our training and education programmes and in our services to students and law firm clients.”
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