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Two QU law students train at BLP's Abu Dhabi, London offices.


DOHA TWO students from Qatar University's College of Law received legal training from expert at prestigious law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) during the summer.

The opportunity came as part of the college's expanding externship programme which provides students with placements at top national, regional and international legal companies and institutions to gain hands-on training in diverse areas of the legal sector.

Ameena al Mannai and Maryam al Kaabi spent the first two weeks of training in BLP's Abu Dhabi office and the remaining two weeks in its London office.

In addition to training sessions, practical workshops and formal trips, each presented a project in Abu Dhabi and London.

In Abu Dhabi, Ameena and Maryam were oriented to BLP's work and the key principles in legal practice.

They attended a number of presentations that familiarised them with the firm, its international strategy and planning law.

The training programme also included an introduction to Affinitext, where the two students were shown how to find vital information on UAE laws and legislation in both Arabic and English.

They were also acquainted with English legal terminology, letter writing in the BLP house style, and preparing and delivering presentations.

The students' London training focused on helping them to build on their Abu Dhabi experience and on real estate and finance laws.

They spent one week in BLP's Real Estate Department and another week in the Finance Department.

Both students attended a wide range of training sessions and practical workshops that included an introduction to the English legal system, including litigation and the bar, and the process for qualifying as a solicitor in England & Wales. They were also given an overview of the Olympic Deliver Authority, and how to do real estate transactions in the UK.

Commenting on the students' summer experience, LAWC Dean Dr Hassan Okour said: "Ameena and Maryam had an invaluable opportunity to be trained in various areas of law from top legal minds. We are pleased with their evaluation results which attest to the quality of the training they received from their mentors at BLP. Under our externship programme, our students are deriving long-term professional benefits from our partnership with firms such as BLP." Ameena and Maryam also experienced real estate law in action during a visit to Qatari Diar, Chelsea Barracks and the Walkie Talkie Tower, and commercial awareness in practice on a visit to the financial hub of London. They also attended an all-day Euromoney legal training activity with one of BLP's partners on the topic, 'Financing the Deal: Understanding the Financing Agreement'.

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Date:Sep 8, 2012
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