Thomson Reuters has announced the introduction of a new professional skills training program for lawyers in India. The Legal Advancement Program, the first of its kind in India, is specifically designed to prepare newly qualified lawyers for Day One of their professional career.

With approximately 60,000 students graduating in law every year in India, it’s increasingly difficult to stand out in front of prospective employers. This new program is designed to help kick start a new recruit’s legal career and enable them to quickly add value to a firm.

The Legal Advancement Program offers a flexible, self-paced online training experience that provides the core practical skills needed on a daily basis for a professional career in law. The program bridges the gap between law school and law firm, enabling candidates to put their theory of law into practice by using real-life legal situations, combined with innovative web-based training techniques.

“In India, as with many countries around the world, law graduates although academically sound, do not have access to the tools to develop the professional skills required in law practice,” said Arvind Pachhapur, country manager, Thomson Reuters Legal business, India. “The introduction of the Legal Advancement Program is designed to meet this need and ultimately, to help the legal system to perform better.”

The Society of Indian Law Firms’ president, Lalit Bhasin, said: “Law firms in India have done well in the past, which is evident from the growth achieved in the last two decades. One of the constraints in rapid growth however, has been the availability of trained manpower, and the need for fresh law graduates in India to have practical skills before they can be productive.  We welcome the launch of the Legal Advancement Program, which helps to support the trained manpower needs of India’s law firms.”

The program culminates in a rigorous examination, after which successful students receive a Program Completion Certificate. Those students scoring 90 percent or higher will receive a Distinction on the Completion Certificate, together with assistance in securing a legal internship.

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