Thursday, February 27, 2014

UK law school and law firm team up to give students more practical skills training

This story comes from across the pond where Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire, UK has teamed up with a law firm to offer students more practical skills training by having them help the city's elderly prepare wills.  Much needed legal services are delivered to clients who ordinarily couldn't afford them, the students gain worthwhile practical experience and the law firm gives back to the community by sponsoring the program.  From the Yorkshire Business Link Magazine:

Law firm boosts students' employment skills


hlw Keeble Hawson is giving law students at Sheffield Hallam University a unique insight into the legal profession to gain hands on experience.


A champion of putting something back into its local communities, the firm’s Wills and Probate department together with the law school at Sheffield Hallam University have launched a new initiative – helping the city’s elderly residents write their wills.


The placement is part of the Private Enterprise Scheme – a programme run by both organisations which is designed to give first and second year students practical work experience in a professional legal environment.


This latest initiative, involves one second year student working with hlw Keeble Hawson’s clients each month.


hlw Keeble Hawson partner Michele Todd, who helped to set up this latest addition to the programme, says it demonstrates students’ commitment to the profession – and enables the law firm to develop potential employees

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Law firm boosts students' employment skills

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