• Dechert becomes first city law firm to offer College of Law LL.B scholarship

  • 20 June 2012

  • College appointed as exclusive LPC and PSC provider

    International law firm Dechert has become the first City-based firm to sponsor a scholarship for The College of Law’s new undergraduate LL.B law degree, which starts in September.

    The winner of the Dechert College of Law LL.B scholarship will receive £3,000 towards their first year fee of £9,000 for the two-year qualifying law degree plus a week of work experience at Dechert’s London office.

    This is one of 11 scholarships available to students starting the degree course this year. The College’s LL.B has a unique focus on boosting students’ employment prospects and vocational legal skills and, in contrast to many traditional law degrees, is grounded on practice-based learning designed to prepare students for the modern legal profession.

    The firm, previously a client of BPP Law School, has also appointed the College as exclusive provider of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Professional Skills Course (PSC) for its trainee solicitors.

    Under the deal starting in September its future trainees will study the College’s corporate LPC at its London Moorgate centre. From 2013 they will undertake the College’s recently announced International LPC, which will be the first LPC to focus on the global legal services market, subject to validation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

    Said Dechert Graduate Recruitment Partner Andrew Hearn: “We’re delighted to be working with The College of Law. Our students will be participating in the College's International LPC, commencing in 2013. So much of the work that Dechert trainees do is multi-jurisdictional, so we’re very keen to get our future trainees thinking about law from a global perspective before they join us."

    Andrew Hearn, Dechert Graduate Recruitment Partner

    Dechert was founded in 1875 in the United States and now has 26 offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East employing more than 800 lawyers. In the UK it recruits up to 12 trainees a year.

    Martin Smith, Head of Business Development at The College of Law said: “By becoming the first City firm to put their name to a College of Law LL.B scholarship, Dechert has shown great confidence in our new degree programme. We look forward to working closely with them both on this and on the provision of top quality LPC and PSC training to their future lawyers.

    “The Dechert scholarship will give the winner a boost towards achieving their goal of a successful career in law as well as an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience with a top-flight international law firm.”

    To be considered for the Dechert scholarship students need to enter through the main College scholarship scheme and the same criteria will apply.

    Applicants must have accepted a place on the LL.B programme at The College of Law by July 31, 2012 to be eligible. They need to submit an essay, short-video or other form of digital presentation by July 31 on the subject: ‘Why the world needs lawyers’, giving their ideas about the role of lawyers in modern society.   

    All entries will be judged by a panel comprising College of Law and external legal professionals. Representatives from Dechert will be on the panel to select the successful recipient of the Dechert scholarship.
    See further details, guidance and terms and conditions of the LL.B scholarships.

    Further information from:

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

    Will Salomone, European Communications and PR Manager, Dechert LLP on 020 7184 7573 (will.salomone@dechert.com)