An international law firm is aiming to widen its access to future talent by launching a new virtual internship across its Australian and UK offices.
Pinsent Masons’ virtual internship has launched in Australia, and a 12-month pilot in the UK, and is designed to give students the opportunity to undertake tasks typically managed by junior lawyers during the life cycle of a transaction.
According to a statement from the firm, students can experience the life cycle of a matter from front-end transactions “including setting up a company and contract execution, to managing a project and providing contract guidance, to drafting witness statements in a dispute”.
Deborah McCormack, head of early talent at Pinsent Masons, said the experience enables a diverse range of talent to access the opportunities available to them at the firm.
“Securing internships and placements at top law firms is highly competitive, and for some individuals coming from certain backgrounds or locations, they can feel even more inaccessible,” Ms McCormack said.
“This virtual internship enables all students, regardless of where they were educated, where they live or other circumstances, to demonstrate their talent by completing assignments on a series of given tasks.”
Alison Laird, head of innovation and project delivery, APAC said the internship fits in well with the firm’s strategy of fostering young talent.
“Pinsent Masons’ philosophy is that diversity and inclusivity are critical if business is to work better for our people and our clients,” Ms Laird said.
“A diverse business is rich with valuable experience, innovative thinking and perspectives.
“The launch of our virtual internship is an important means of widening our access to talented future lawyers and an ideal opportunity for them to feel what it is like to be part of Pinsent Masons.”