FAQs – Professional Internship Programme
What are the new law degree courses?
The new law degrees offered from September 2016 are:
These remain qualifying law degrees, recognised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). If students aim to become barristers or solicitors, then once they graduate they may progress to the vocational stage of their legal training.
What is different about the new degree programme?
Kingston Law School’s new degree courses combine:
- Professional experience – two opportunities to undertake a summer internship of up to nine weeks. The internship may be in the UK or overseas.
- A Professional Readiness Programme
- Additional modules on mediation and managing change, ensuring that students have an increased understanding of current practice and issues in the legal environment.
This is alongside their qualifying law degree and all in just three years.
Why has Kingston Law School decided to update its courses?
At Kingston Law School, we believe there is a real need for degree courses that properly meet the demands of professional organisations and prepare students fully to enter the world of work. Employers have often stated their need for graduates who have skills that are not only academic but also practical. We believe our new law degree courses will meet that need, and are committed to giving our students the best possible start to their careers by incorporating a professional internship and professional readiness training into the three year degrees.
What kinds of organisations provide professional internships to your students?
Organisations that have provided our students with professional internships are legal service providers of a variety of sizes, from global law firms to small high street solicitors, as well as organisations in the private and the public sector. Kingston University has a wealth of contacts, and excellent relationships with a wide range of professional internship providers such as Norton Rose, KPMG and Atherton Bailey.
What advantages will I gain from giving one of your students a professional internship?
By agreeing to become a professional internship provider, you will benefit from a hard-working, energetic student who has been prepared both academically and practically for the workplace, is keen to learn and put their skills into practice. Students will have an active interest in your company’s area of work, and will have knowledge gained from our courses that are up-to-date and reflect the latest changes in professional organisations. Our students are from a variety of backgrounds and countries, offering a range of perspectives that reflect the society in which many companies operate.
How will I know that students are ready to take a professional internship with my organisation?
Through our Professional Readiness Programme, we ensure students are ready for their professional internships. The programme consists of a wide range of skills training, meeting the practical needs of the workplace. This skills learning begins as soon as students start their degree. Students must attend and pass assessments on this Professional Readiness Programme to be allowed to take a professional internship.
What skills can I expect a professional internship student to have?
The skills taught by our Professional Readiness Programme include:
- Self-management, planning and organising including the setting and checking of targets, project management and problem solving and asking for help and using it.
- Selling and negotiation including understanding both parties’ needs and objectives, creating dialogues and consultative selling.
- Time and learning management including prioritising and setting goals.
- Professional workplace communication and etiquette including good email practice, appropriate social media and mobile use, ethics of business, handling a variety of workplace situations and cultural differences.
- Literacy, numeracy and communication including writing reports and presentations, effective public speaking, creating and using spreadsheets and Microsoft Office skills.
- Networking including meetings at a conference, effective use of social media and constructive team work.
There will also be:
- Specific skills for legal practitioners, such as case management and analysis and practice management.
How do I know the students will be suitable for my organisation?
Internship providers will be able to log in to our system and advertise their internship opportunities directly to the students via our vacancy board. Both students and professional internship providers will be able to match the skills required by the professional internship and the nature of the work to the skills and suitability of the student.
You can have as much or as little to do with the selection process as suits you. Students can send their applications directly to you or Kingston Law School can shortlist a selection of the most suitable candidates for interview. As a professional internship provider, you will always have the final say on the students chosen.
What types of careers are your law students interested in once they graduate?
You will find our law students to be hard working, focused and ambitious. They have chosen their degrees because they realise the career advantages they will gain from this more intensive programme.
Many of our law graduates go on to train as solicitors or barristers. Some have secured training contracts in ‘Magic Circle’ firms, as well as funding for both bar school and pupillage.
Others have achieved positions such as financial consultants, company secretaries, insolvency practitioners, university professors and legal assistants.
The skills and knowledge our students will gain are not only relevant to a legal career, but also suitable as a foundation for other areas, such as business, industry and public administration.
If you would like to find out more or to register your interest please complete our enquiry form.