Interns can bring benefits but law firms must be alert to the pitfalls of placements
Internships are on the rise. This should not come as any surprise to us: an experienced intern can be a fantastic and cost-effective resource for any organisation. Law firms and professional service providers offering this form of on-the-job training will stand a good chance of attracting high-quality candidates. For this reason, we have found more and more employers incorporating internship programmes into their workforce planning and recruitment processes over the past few years. And not just for the traditional 'intern season' over the summer: increasingly, firms are taking them on throughout the year.
Structured programmes and written agreements can help firms reduce the risks of taking on unpaid staff
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