Reed Smith partners with King’s College London and Paris Sorbonne to support Anglo-French programme
19 Oct, 2012
International law firm Reed Smith has announced a new partnership with King’s College London’s Dickson Poon School of Law. The unique collaboration will enable students to complete the study of the four year degree while, in tandem, gaining support and the opportunity for work placements provided by Reed Smith’s London and Paris offices.
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s operates a joint LLB / Master 1 programme with the Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne. The programme leads to two separate degrees which permit students to qualify for the legal professions in both France and England & Wales.
The unique degree course is structured so that students spend their first two years in London (at King’s College London) and the second two years in Paris (at the Sorbonne), thereby benefiting from top academics and practitioners in both locations.
Dr Eva Steiner (pictured), Director LLB in English Law and French Law at King’s, said: “Not only is this new partnership innovative in its design and purpose, it will also significantly enhance students’ experience in terms of legal training and job opportunities in the UK , France and Europe. In the year where we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the LLB in English Law and French Law, we at King’s College London welcome this new significant step towards a stronger relationship between academia and the legal profession.”
Reed Smith’s new partnership is the first to support students throughout the course (in both locations) and will provide students with support, advice and opportunities for work experience. Using its alumni from the programme in Reed Smith’s London and Paris offices, together with the firm’s graduate development team, Reed Smith will provide students with access to its collective knowledge of the legal skills and qualities required to help with their development.
“As well as arming junior lawyers with strong legal skills and experience, the King’s course helps students develop an international mindset very early on in their career, which is a key competency to us and our clients” said Peter Hardy, Reed Smith Training Principal. “This unique partnership enables us to support students throughout their four-year course. No other law firm does that and, having spoken with King’s and our alumni from the programme, we all feel that the students will benefit enormously from this support in both cities.”
“Our teams in Paris and London have worked together to identify points during the four-year course where students need some extra support and guidance, whether they wish to develop their careers in Paris or London” said Marc Fredj, partner in Reed Smith’s Paris office. “We’ve worked with the Sorbonne and King’s College London, both incredibly well-reputed universities, for a number of years and we have alumni in our Paris and London offices. This new partnership is an exciting opportunity for us to formalise our close working relationship with them.”
Kalish Mullen, Anglo-French programme alumnus and trainee at Reed Smith’s London offices, commented: “The Anglo-French programme provides a unique experience: international learning of two different legal systems and the opportunity to live in the two cities for an extended period. The change in academic environments and languages can be challenging. However, with this new partnership we will build on the advice from King’s Careers and Employability team and provide students with more support on the ground by drawing on our presence in both Paris and London.”