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Linklaters launches new ‘virtual reality’ legal internship

LAPTOPIn offering exposure to virtual colleagues and clients, the ‘Linklaters Virtual Programme’ hopes to equip participants with practical legal skills and commercial awareness as they contemplate a career in law.

During the online internship, which starts at the end of this month, students will undergo a series of tasks similar to that completed by Links’ vac schemers and trainees on a day-to-day basis.

The seven-step virtual training programme begins by requiring participants to “pitch to a consortium of banks” that need legal advice ahead of a fintech acquisition. It then rounds off by asking participants to leave a voicemail for a client, before listening to a recording from one of the firm’s partners offering tips on communicating with clients.

Although, according to the website, the programme is meant to take five to six hours to complete, there is no time restriction on completing the tasks — meaning online interns can fit the modules around their studies. The e-learning style tasks are also not assessed, but instead provide model answers allowing students to mark their own work.

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