Out-of-work law graduates in Barking and Dagenham could win council internship

Out-of-work youngsters with law degrees are being invited to apply to work as graduate interns in the council’s legal team.

The three-month internship programme is a result of the partnership between Barking and Dagenham and Thurrock councils, who now share a much larger legal team with more diverse specialisms.

Budding legal eagles will get the chance to learn hands-on, working as part of a team of 60 lawyers and covering everything from planning to criminal law.

“This is a very welcome development and an obvious benefit of our shared service approach with Thurrock Council,” said Cllr Liam Smith, Barking and Dagenham Council leader.

“It is a really impressive scheme and is something people who have finished their law degree but haven’t yet found work should consider. This is an excellent opportunity.”


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Every graduate who began an as an intern at Thurrock Council, which has been running the scheme for six years, has in time gone on to successfully secure full-time employment.

The internship will also provide work experience and a boost to CVs at a time when it is difficult for graduates to get practical experience.

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Anyone interested in the three-month internship should email Fiona Taylor, joint head of legal services, at fiona.taylor@bdtlegal.org.uk or David Lawson, joint deputy head of legal services, at david.lawson@bdtlegal.org.uk.

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