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Hogan Lovells and Vodafone launch virtual ‘First Steps to Law’ programme

The programme extends the firm's insight programme to 16-19 year olds interested in a career in law, and it will offer them several tasks focused on building awareness of the skills needed to become a lawyer.

Hogan Lovells has partnered with Vodafone to launch a virtual introduction to its law programme, ‘First Steps to Law’, aimed at school-aged students and first-year university students.

The partnership focuses on building content in a UK legal market first and Hogan Lovells said it builds on the success of HL BaSE Legal Learning Hub, which launched last year in response to the pandemic.

The launch extends the firm’s insight programme to 16-19 year olds interested in a career in law, and it will offer them several tasks focused on building awareness of the skills needed to become a lawyer. 

The tasks will reportedly “simulate the work of Hogan Lovells’ lawyers, gaining a deeper understanding of two of the firm’s key practice areas: Intellectual Property, and Infrastructure, Energy, Resources & Projects (IERP)”. 

Additionally, Vodafone has helped with the IP content, where students will reportedly be tasked with advising in-house counsel at Vodafone in hypothetical scenarios on grounds for making a trademark infringement claim and explaining trademark registrations.

Meanwhile, IERP tasks include pitching to a hypothetical multinational client, reviewing a draft loan agreement, and executing a document.

Christopher Hutton, Hogan Lovells Graduate Recruitment partner, said: “We are excited to extend our virtual insight programme to school-aged students, enhancing remote learning opportunities for potential future lawyers as we all adjust to this new ‘normal’. 

“HL BaSE Legal Learning Hub has been a great success and the launch of our virtual ‘First Steps to Law’ programme represents our continued investment in the future of students and the legal profession as a whole.”

He added: “By collaborating with Vodafone on content we are able to make the law really come alive for students, and hopefully encourage a future generation of lawyers.’’

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