Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow

Work Based Learning Elective (University of Strathclyde)

The University of Strathclyde runs a Work Based Learning elective in Semester Two. This involves students working alongside a solicitor for around half a day a week for ten weeks. The student gains ‘real life’ experience (virtually or otherwise), and then undertake a reflective assessment.

There is a lot of interest from students in this elective, and we are therefore looking for as many solicitors to help as possible.

The student benefits are enormous. They get to experience real life work, put in to practice their professional skills learnt on the Diploma so far, and gain an understanding of legal practice that could make a real difference to their interviews and job prospects going forward.

There are benefits to you too. You will have the efforts and contribution of a positive and talented student; there is no financial implication, so their work for you is free; and you get to know an individual who, potentially, might be just the sort of trainee you could be after at some stage in the future. We had great feedback from firms last year, and it was brilliant to learn that some students gained traineeships as a direct follow-on from this elective.

Our student cohort this year is excellent. They are bright, conscientious and doing a great job of undertaking the Diploma in this year’s blended teaching environment. I am sure they won’t let you down.

Why help? By offering a short placement to a student you could make the world of difference to them. It gives them a chance. For those of us fortunate to practice in the law, this is an opportunity to help a student progress.

I appreciate that the working environment remains in a state of flux. Many of you will be working from home, or potentially not have consistent office hours. The placement can be virtual – so perhaps you could set tasks for the student and then check in with them a couple of times. We can be entirely flexible with you on how this might work.

The half-day commitment can be flexible too. It doesn’t need to be a set day, and can be moved week to week with the student to suit what you might have on.

We would be really indebted to you if you could help.

If you want to chat this through, and what might be possible with you, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or give me a call (07762892415).

Stuart Kelly
University of Strathclyde

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