New College and Bower & Bailey team up to support new generation of solicitors.

By Anita Jaynes on 3 November, 2013

New College and Bower & Bailey Solicitors have embarked on a new initiative to give law students a practical insight into the profession.

Bower & Bailey Solicitors hosted a training session for budding lawyers and A Level Students from New College. 10 Law students from New College attended the session with Judy Evans from the employability team at New College.

The group enjoyed an overview of the different areas of law practiced in a law firm, as well as an insight into training and entry into the legal profession from Partners and fee earners at Bower and Bailey. The sessions aim was to provide the students with an understanding of the role of a solicitor.

Simon Smith, Managing Partner of Bower and Bailey Solicitors said, “We hope that this initiative will enhance the law students’ understanding and view of the legal profession. This opportunity will hopefully enable the students to gain first-hand experience within a law firm which would otherwise not be available to them.”

Judy Evans, Employer Engagement Officer of New College said, “There are so many pressures on students nowadays to achieve academic excellence whilst gaining practical experience. The latter is more difficult to achieve in today’s economic climate as a lot of businesses are reluctant to take students on or share their experience. We are extremely grateful to Bower and Bailey Solicitors for their enthusiasm in coming up with this initiative. I have no doubt that the students will derive great benefit from this experience.”

It is hoped that this initiative will continue throughout the course of the academic year in conjunction with Swindon Central Library.

The initiative received a warm reception from the students. Ruby Luke said, “It was really enjoyable and helpful. I found out a lot that I wanted to about the firm.”

Natasha Goodenough added, “I enjoyed finding out what Bower & Bailey do and all about the training and education process to become a solicitor.”

Chloe Hanson echoed, “The day was really useful. The discussions afterwards were very helpful. It was good to be able to ask questions one-to-one.”

Judy Evans, Employer Engagement Office of New College is looking for local businesses to assist students on work placements in Swindon. If you are able to assist please contact Judy Evans on judy.evans@newcollege.ac.uk

Details of law courses offered by New College can be found on their website www.newcollege.ac.uk