UK University Becomes First To Offer Paid Qualifying Work Experience
BPP University in the UK is set to become the first law school to offer paid qualifying work experience (QWE) to its students.
From spring 2023, the university’s current and former students will be able to apply for a six-month, full-time placement with the school’s pro bono centre. However, unlike similar opportunities offered by other law schools, students at BPP will be paid for their time.
BPP will initially offer five placements, though hopes to double its intake over the subsequent year. Selected students will either have already worked at BPP’s clinic or are able to demonstrate a “pro bono ethic.”
Emma Blackstone and Lucy Wildig, joint heads of pro bono at BPP, commented: “With such an established, extensive legal advice provision, BPP Pro Bono Centre is in the ideal position to be able to offer QWE placements. We wanted these placements to be accessible and to be meaningful, which is why they are paid and why each placement is for six months.”