Two budding Perry Masons are taking the law into their own hands after teaming up with Kingston-based solicitors Colemans-ctts. Second-year Kingston University students Graham Childs and Farah Khan are working for the firm on placements that will count towards their final law degrees.
For one day a week throughout the current academic year the pair are swapping textbook theory for real-life law practice. They are being given the opportunity to sit in on client consultations and even shadow the firmâ€™s partners during court cases.
Graham, 20, said the work placement was helping him fulfil his long-term ambition of becoming a judge. â€œIâ€™ve always liked the idea of making a fair ruling on a case and this is helping me take the first step towards doing just that,â€ he said. Farah added that the placement was an ideal opportunity to develop on-the-job skills. â€œThe partners are making sure we learn every aspect of how a law firm operates,â€ the 19-year-old said.
Assistant course director Nicola Aries said she hoped the link-up with Colemans-ctts would encourage other law firms to offer similar placements. â€œThe scheme is already having a positive impact on our studentsâ€™ work,â€ she explained.