Thomson Reuters introduces Professional Skills Training Programme for lawyers

Information services provider Thomson Reuters today announced the introduction of a new professional skills training program for lawyers in India.

Online PR News – 07-March-2013 – Delhi, New Delhi – Information services provider Thomson Reuters today 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, a press release from the company said.

It said the program offers a flexible, self-paced online training experience that provides new lawyers with the core practical skills they will need on a daily basis in their professional career. It enables candidates to put their theory of law into practice by using real-life legal situations, combined with innovative web-based training techniques.

The legal career program for lawyers builds on Thomson Reuters' position as a world leader in the legal information, software and services sector, and extends the company's presence in the legal sector in India.

This includes its flagship online research product, Westlaw India - used by the top law firms, universities, and institutions across India, its legal publishing business, Sweet & Maxwell, and; the company's legal process outsourcing (LPO) business, Pangea3.

"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."

"With nearly 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 from day one," said Vasant Singal, AVP, Professional Training, Thomson Reuters, India.


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 presents students with real-life legal situations that are typically faced by new practicing lawyers. In addition, live virtual classroom sessions hosted by renowned legal practitioners in India and the UK allow trainees to interact 'virtually' with leading experts and students across the country.

The online legal course 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.

The areas covered by the program include contract drafting, legal writing, legal research, trial advocacy and civil procedure. The program takes up to four months or 80 hours to complete. The last date for applications is April 26, 2012. To Apply for the Program please visit