Students have the opportunity to study at a top university and global law firm as part of a new course designed to prepare them for the growth in legal innovation and technology. The students will learn about how developments will change the role of judges and lawyers, as well as increase the potential for access to justice for litigants.

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The University of Exeter and Reed Smith have joined forces to create the new four-year LLB “Legal Placement” degree, which combines the best aspects of a global top 100 legal education with an immersive, year-long placement at Reed Smith’s London office.

The course, which also takes into account the new way solicitors are trained, will encourage students accepted on to the programme to think about how being a lawyer will change in the future. During their time on the placement, students will be supported by the firm’s Innovation Hub, Practice Innovation, technology and Knowledge Management teams to work on active innovation projects within Reed Smith - with a clear focus on innovation, service design, new and improved ways to deliver legal services, and use of efficiency and data technologies.

Professor Sue Prince, from the University of Exeter Law School and director of the programme, said: “The aim of this programme is to deliver law training in a different and more innovative way, which meets the requirements of students and the legal industry. This is more than just a placement, it gives students a real opportunity to experience the world of law firms.”