Links with the professions
We maintain close links with the business professions locally, nationally and internationally. This allows us to create opportunities for you to meet representatives from industry – and enable you to learn from their experiences and build suitable relations.
The forums we provide include:
- Talks by employers working in relevant industry sectors
- Careers workshops delivered by guest speakers
- Networking events throughout the year
Professional mentoring from industry experts
We understand that not all students know people in their profession. So we have worked hard to develop links with our alumni – who take part in mentoring schemes for our students. After all, there is no better guide than someone who has experience of working in your chosen field.
We offer the following initiatives to give you access to the legal profession and help you get a training contract or pupillage:
- Vacancies database: our Careers Service maintains a vacancy database with a large range of legal vacancies including posts advertised exclusively to BPP students
- Employer presentations: Throughout the academic year, BPP runs a series of presentations by law firms, chambers and alternative legal employers. These will take place at dates and times that fit in with your studies and work commitments
- Annual Law Fair: Each year, the Careers Services in Leeds, London (Holborn & Waterloo) and Manchester hold annual law fairs. This is an excellent opportunity for employers to represent themselves - and for you to network with training contract providers. We encourage all students who join BPP without a training contract to attend a fair
- Alternative Fair: Whilst the majority of students studying the GDL, LPC or BPTC are looking to secure a training contract or pupillage, we know that some may be interested in alternatives to this traditional route. Our annual 'Alternatives and Paralegal' fair will help you explore other options
Access to Practice
The 'Access to Practice' scheme for law students demonstrates our commitment to those students who don't enjoy the same access to the legal profession as some – for example, through family or social contacts. Matched 'practice advisers' offer a point of contact and insight into the realities of a legal career, building confidence for interviews and extending networks. We're delighted that more than 360 practice advisers supported the scheme in 2009/2010.
Diversity Access Scheme in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard
BPP University Law School, in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard, launched the Diversity Access Scheme in 2007. It offers places on Addleshaw Goddard summer placement scheme to students from BPP University Law School, without training contracts, who come from unconventional educational backgrounds. The Scheme aims to fast-track students who might otherwise be excluded because of the nature of their education. For example, those who do not have 'A' Levels or have lower 'A' Level grades than would normally be required
The successful applicants will receive support from BPP University Law School which will help them to prepare for their placement - and assist them to perform well whilst on the placement scheme
Diversity Access Scheme in partnership with Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
This scheme ran for the first time in 2009 and offers successful GDL students places at one of Reynolds Porter Chamberlain's summer open days. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain access to a leading law firm - and improve your skills.
Based on the success of the pilot, this opportunity has now been extended to a Summer Scheme placement for GDL students who do meet the normal minimum entry requirements at either 'A' Level or university degree stage. Given the nature of the diversity scheme, applicants need to demonstrate and evidence any obstacles they overcame which might have affected their academic results, as well as commitment to a career in a commercial legal practice - and a genuine interest in the firm
Diversity Access Scheme in partnership with Olswang
BPP University Law School is pleased to announce a new diversity initiative with Olswang LLP. The initiative offers access to the firm's Summer Work Placement Scheme to GDL and LPC students from BPP University Law School who do not meet the standard minimum entry requirements at the 'A' Level stage. This may be due to either extreme mitigating circumstances or an unconventional education background. Applicants must have achieved either a strong 2:1 or a First (or equivalent international qualification) in their undergraduate degree.
Whilst on their placement at Olswang, successful students will be guaranteed an interview and assessments for training contract which, alongside their performance on the Summer Scheme, will determine whether they are offered a training contract.