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Unique Legal Innovation Internship Created Between Queen Mary and Paul Hastings LLP

The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London and global, leading law firm Paul Hastings LLP have partnered to create a unique, legal innovation focussed, internship opportunity.

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Students on Queen Mary’s Law in Practice degree can apply for a one year London office based internship with Paul Hastings’ global Practice Innovation, Knowledge and Legal Solutions department. The Practice Innovation & Legal Solutions intern will work globally with all of the firm’s practice groups, seeking out legal innovation opportunities and using state of the art legaltech tools coupled with industry methodologies to implement solutions that improve legal matter workflows. The first intern has been recruited and starts in October.

Arun Birla, tax partner and Chair of Paul Hastings’ London office said:

“This partnership between Queen Mary University and Paul Hastings demonstrates commitment to hiring the brightest future legal talent who understand the important role that technology plays in the development of legal services innovation: we need to be creating multi-disciplinary practitioners for the future, and this is a great step”.

Dr Nigel Spencer, Professor of Professional Practice and Education Innovation at QMUL School of Law commented:

“We invented the Law in Practice degree option to offer that rare opportunity for students to apply their knowledge, and to build skills, immediately in the workplace. It’s about giving students a whole year where they can see the real world challenges currently being faced by legal practitioners and their clients, and to learn about the solutions they are creating to these. I am especially excited that Paul Hastings is offering our students a placement in the team which is helping to define what their ‘firm of the future’ looks like – working internationally across their firm, and experimenting with technologies and tools which will be applied to legal practice over the coming years”.

Paul Hastings’ MD of Practice Innovation & Knowledge, Nikki Shaver, said:

“We’re thrilled to partner with Queen Mary University in providing opportunities for the next generation of law students to learn about alternative career paths in law. We expect the program, which will expose selected students to the wide variety of exciting projects undertaken by the Paul Hastings Practice Innovation Department, to supercharge these students’ skillsets and set them up to become successful lawyers of the future.”

The new internship was covered in Legal Cheek.

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