Leading legal firms from the region are to deliver a new mentoring scheme in conjunction with The University of Suffolk.
The intitiative sees solictiors supporting and advising law students, and giving them an invaluable insight into the prorfession.
Stephen Colman, Senior Lecturer in Law, said: “We have introduced the Law Student Mentoring Scheme to allow the students to meet local solicitors and barristers to give them an insight into legal practice.
“In such a competitive market it is crucial that law students understand the commercial reality of legal practice. This scheme should help bridge the gap between law in the books and law in practice.”
Among the legal practices offering their time and expertise is Gotelee Solicitors, based in Ipswich.
Hugh Rowland is a partner at the firm and said of the mentoring programme: “I think it is really important for Gotelee to get involved in this. Local connections for us are hugely important; we make every effort to make sure we have connections throughout the community.
“What is happening at the University of Suffolk is really exciting. My partner Diana is mentoring this year and I anticipate I will mentor next year. I would hope Gotelee will be a real focal point for offering advice and assistance to students for years to come.”
Danielle Barker is one of the students taking part in the mentoring programme. She said: “I have not heard of any other university locally that offers a mentorship as part of the degree so it is amazing to have this on my CV.
“You need a good degree but with most people getting a 2.1 or a First you need the extra other bits to make you stand out and a bit special. I am the President of our Law Society and I also work in a law firm so being able to combine that with this opportunity is fantastic.”
Law has proved to be a popular course option amongst applicants and the University are responding to demand by offering three new degrees from September 2018, Law as single honours, Law with Politics and Law with Business Management.