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Regular (Extern) support

Do you want a bright, enthusiastic postgraduate law student to support you and your team?

In the Externships Programme, postgraduate law students are placed in innovative start-ups, offering legal and business support one day a week for six months, from October to April each year.

What support do we offer?


In the Externships programme, postgraduate law students volunteer alongside their studies to join a start-up team for one day per week, for six months (with a break to complete their exams and assessments). Externships can be in-person, remote or hybrid.

Students are eager to help and learn how to apply their knowledge, and you get the support you need to navigate the legal maze of running your business. Externs can help with a range of commercial issues, including supporting your team in understanding how to work with lawyers and develop a legal strategy for your business.

Externs are not supervised by external solicitors, they are not qualified solicitors, nor are they qualified to provide legal advice. Here are some examples of what an extern can help you with [PDF 86KB].

How much does it cost?

Participating in our programme is completely free. The qLegal team will select the extern for you based on your specific interests and skill requirements.

However, we encourage founders who can afford to pay students the London Minimum Wage to do so. In that case, we will give you the opportunity to interview three pre-selected students before making your final selection.

How involved is qLegal in the process?

Externs receive regular support and training from qLegal throughout the programme to develop their professional skill set.

Our onboarding process will support you in defining the scope of their role within your start-up. This ensures a smooth and productive collaboration, allowing you to maximise the value they bring to your team.

Our externs were dedicated and professional, we're already using their work to directly inform our clients and explore new business opportunities.
— Dr Sam Sinclair, Director at Biodiversify and Extern Host 2022-23
I would like to thank qLegal for running the externship programme. We are a team of dyslexic and ADHD founders so having an extern read through legal documents has been incredibly helpful.
— David Hope, Co-founder of Fibe and Extern Host 2022-23
We are in a few accelerator programmes and this was one of the most useful, extensive, and well-rounded pieces of legal support we have received!
— Elizabeth Yu, Co Founder at Onsee (formerly Pelation)

How can you register your interest?

We open applications from new hosts (start-ups and tech companies) each spring/summer for the next October intake of the Externship programme.

Register your interest, so you can receive a reminder in June 2024 when our applications open again.

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