Aston Law School works in partnership with many national and international law firms, barristers’ chambers and other organisations. This in turn enhances the quality of our degree programmes and develops a wealth of opportunities for our law students.
We hold regular events in partnership with high-profile firms, including an annual negotiation skills workshop with Browne Jacobson, as well as events focused on careers in law, in collaboration with Mills & Reeve and Eversheds Sutherland.
In 2019/20, Aston University partnered with Aspiring Solicitors as an Affiliate University. Aspiring Solicitors is an organisation which provides careers assistance and access to the legal profession for students from under-represented groups. To find out more and to register as a member visit the AS website at www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk.
We have a collaborative partnership with Stowe Family Law Birmingham, who specialise in divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and associated matters including financial settlements and arrangements for children. Stowe will work with Aston Law School to provide students with several benefits via sponsorship of the Family Law elective module. Find out more about the collaboration. Rebecca Calden-Storr - Managing Partner of Stowe's Birmingham branch and a solicitor in the Legal 500, is one of Aston Law's Visiting Professional Fellows. Find out more about Rebecca.
Thursfields Solicitors are offering two of our law degree students a scholarship programme as part of our collaborative partnership. For two years, students will spend a day a week at the firm’s Solihull and Birmingham offices. The scholarship has been designed to widen access from students from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or from low socio-economic backgrounds. The scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in relation to their academic performance, diligence and commitment to their own professional and personal development. Find out more.
Aston Law School also holds an annual law careers fair which features many law firms and barristers’ chambers, and has led to students securing jobs and placements with these firms. In addition, the School has established partnerships with many law firms for the purpose of developing 12-month placements for students.
Recent examples include placements offered by:
- DAC Beachcroft
- Browne Jacobson
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (as part of the Stephen Lawrence Scholarship programme)
- Wright Justice Solicitors
- Express Solicitors
Aston Law School is also closely connected to the events and opportunities associated with the Inns of Court and the barristers’ profession. Aston students regularly participate in events such as dinners and advocacy days at the Inns. In addition, many Aston students have been successful in obtaining scholarships from the Inns in support of their pursuit of a career at the Bar. As well as these opportunities, we have links with barristers’ chambers such as No5 Chambers and St Philips Chambers.
These links with legal practice are not only designed to enhance the employability of our students – they are also a key feature of the content of our degree programmes through the school’s Professional Visiting Fellow programme. Professional Visiting Fellows are practitioners that support the development of the taught content and assessment within the School’s modules, helping ensure our programmes are developed in a way that recognises the expectations of legal practice and the professions.