• College of Law joins forces with CMS Cameron McKenna to launch International LPC

  • 25 April 2012

  • CMS appoints College as exclusive LPC, GDL and PSC provider

    The College of Law has joined forces with European law firm CMS Cameron McKenna LLP to launch an International Legal Practice Course, the first LPC to focus on the global legal services market.

    CMS has named the College as exclusive provider of the LPC, Graduate Diploma in Law and Professional Skills Course for its future trainees from September 2012. The firm, which previously was a client of BPP Law School, made the appointment following a rigorous retendering process.

    The innovative International LPC will be designed by the College in collaboration with CMS and will be delivered to the firm’s trainees at the College’s Moorgate centre from 2013, subject to validation of the course by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

    Stage two electives will be based on the College’s LL.M in International Legal Practice and successful completion of the programme will result in the award of a Master of Laws as well as the LPC qualification.

    The core of the International LPC will be the legal principles that underpin cross-border transactions, and will be based on a number of cross-border case studies.  The trainees will also develop a comparative knowledge of the relevant legal systems, and an understanding of the structure and mechanics of cross-border transactions.

    They will develop their legal knowledge and skills in contexts aligned to CMS’ practice areas and will gain an introduction to the wider cultural and professional issues involved in international legal practice.

    In the first year of the agreement, before the International LPC starts in 2013, CMS trainees will study the College’s existing corporate LPC. However teaching of the electives will take place in firm-specific groups integrating CMS’ practice activities and supplemented by extra-curricular international training.

    CMS Cameron McKenna’s emphasis on international legal training for its trainees reflects its position as the UK-headquartered member of CMS, the leading European provider of legal and tax services. The firm has 13 offices in the UK, Central Eastern Europe and beyond and recruits up to 60 trainees per year.

    Simon Pilcher, CMS Cameron McKenna’s Graduate Recruitment Partner, said: “We are looking forward to working with the College.  In addition to meeting our quality standards, they additionally focus on international issues. This will really make a difference to our trainees as it will give them the necessary European context for the work that we do with our European colleagues on behalf of our clients."

    The new International LPC will adopt best learning practice from the College’s corporate LPC and international Masters programme and will require students to produce office quality work for review by their tutor and colleagues. The College intends to eventually offer the course to the public as well as to other law firms.

    Sarah Hutchinson, The College of Law’s Board Member for Business Development, said: "We believe the next generation of LPCs must prepare young lawyers for global legal practice while still providing the core skills and knowledge to meet the domestic agenda.  Whether they are transactional lawyers or litigators, our trainees are increasingly operating across national boundaries.

    “We are pleased to join forces with CMS in the launch of this groundbreaking course which will give trainees a better preparation for global practice. Lawyers require the knowledge and skills to operate across national boundaries and need to have a high level of understanding about other legal systems. Our International Legal Practice Course will provide the best platform for legal careers of the future."

    The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York.

    Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)

    Meeta Vadher, Communications Assistant, CMS on 020 736 72696 (meeta.vadher@cms-cmck.com)