Graduates wanting to enter the legal profession are to benefit from a new partnership between Banbury and Bicester College and Brethertons Solicitors.
The two organisations have joined forces to offer a part-time course designed for those with a law degree who want to start their career in property law.
The Council for Licensed Conveyancers qualification will enable graduates to fast-track their entry into the profession by offering an alternative to the traditional Legal Practice Course.
Michael Dibben, conveyancing partner at Brethertons, said: “Law is an extremely competitive sector and graduates find it increasingly difficult to gain a training contract.
“The Council for Licensed Conveyancers qualification provides an alternative solution for those keen on gaining an edge over their peers.
“The conveyancing profession brings a varied caseload, infused with problem solving and close work with others to find solutions which suit all parties. It can be intellectually stimulating, whilst providing a real feeling of personal reward, by helping others to realise their dreams.”
The new qualification will be offered from September 2015 by Banbury and Bicester College’s professional and business faculty.
Students will be able to achieve the qualification by studying part-time, with the potential to complete all modules within one year. On successful completion students will be able to work as a licenced conveyancer.
Rose Turner, principal of Banbury and Bicester College, which is part of Activate Learning, said: “As a group we are committed to working with employers to help meet skills needs and to provide students with the best possible chances of gaining employment.
“This new partnership with Brethertons is an excellent example. It will help to address a shortage of skilled, qualified conveyancers while enabling graduates to move successfully into employment. By engaging employers in the design of our curriculum we can make sure that the programmes we offer are relevant and that our students are in demand.”
The partnership is now appealing for qualified property solicitors and licensed conveyancers to put themselves forward as potential tutors for the course.
To find out more about teaching on or studying the course contact Lee Jamieson at Banbury and Bicester College by emailing Lee.Jamieson@banbury-bicester.ac.uk