The online course was developed by a team of lawyers to give
students regardless of level of qualification, location or previous experience,
a unique opportunity to undertake tasks typically managed by junior lawyers
during the lifecycle of a transaction.
The bespoke internship has been specifically developed by Pinsent
Masons' lawyers to create an experience that mirrors historic matters.
Launching in Australia, and as a 12 month pilot in the UK, the
online 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", said Deborah McCormack,
Head of Early Talent.
"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
Alison Laird, Head of Innovation and Project Delivery, APAC adds:
"Pinsent Masons' philosophy is that diversity and
inclusivity is critical if business is to work better for our people and our
clients. 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
The program is free to undertake and enables students to experience
the lifecycle 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.
In Australia, the graduate recruitment team will be using the
tool to closely monitor virtual interns for standout candidates.
Sandra Nguyen, a student involved in the testing of the platform,
"This is a great learning opportunity especially for
pre-penultimate law students like myself in the lead-up to the long journey of
clerkships, graduate applications and becoming a lawyer. It will help students
to build skills that extend far beyond the classroom."
To sign up to the virtual internship, please visit: