Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner gives law students a taste of trainee life with virtual reality goggles

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It’s not the first time a City law firm has embraced headset-style tech

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The VR headset

Aspiring City lawyers can now get a flavour of life as a trainee through a pair of virtual reality goggles.

As part of its law fair offerings this year, international outfit Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has created a series of interactive 360 degree videos that give prospective trainees a unique insight into City law life.

Having popped on the headset (which is actually made of cardboard and uses a mobile phone as the screen), students can move their heads to look around the various parts of BCLP’s London office and meet some of its lawyers and trainees along the way.

The virtual reality tour isn’t just confined to the office.

Students can hear one trainee waxing lyrical about the deals he has worked on while he stares wistfully at The Bank of England; another rookie stresses the importance of teamwork as she gazes up at at the spires of the Royal Courts of Justice. Other videos in the new series give wannabe lawyers a feel for life on secondment and how the firm is implementing legal tech.

As part of the video series, the firm is also running a competition for prospective trainees. Students will have to submit answers — based on clues hidden in the videos — for a chance to win, among other things, an “international trip” courtesy of the firm.

Legal Cheek readers who don’t have a set of goggles to hand can experience the tour by viewing the YouTube video embedded below. Top tip: use your computer cursor (or finger if using a mobile device) to look around.

This, however, isn’t the first time a law firm has utilised virtual reality tech.

In 2015, CMS Cameron McKenna (now just CMS) offered prospective trainees an opportunity to experience a helicopter flight at 1,500 feet or, alternatively, race around a track in Ferrari — all in attempt to make commercial awareness more interesting.

At the time, a spokesperson told us: “As part of the experience you’ll discover some of the high profile clients and cases we work on and the different industry sectors we specialise in.”

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Can’t wait to experience VR of being chained to the copier at 2am, then sleeping under your desk.


Jones Day Partner

There’s already quite a lot of VR videos accurately simulating my trainees’ typical day.


JD IT Support

Sourced directly from’s 3D site, eh boss?


JD insider

More dark web, surely, given the, ahem, niche tastes?



GimmickLaw at its finest.



Hi Tom, how much did BCLP pay you for writing this article?


Tommy C.

They gave me £50-worth of credits to use on Now they’re blackmailing me.


BCLP Business Development

We expect at least two puff pieces a week Tommy, or your mum receives our lengthy dossier, including covert video footage of you thumping the bishop. You’ve been warned.


G $hear

Thank jesus that the segment from the President’s Club dinner was cut.





Random passer-by

Haha. I thought the article the other day about eating pasta salad with a driving licence was the bottom. Boy was I wrong.



Remember when we thought the articles written by KK were the worst it could get for Legal Cheek?



This is common feature of large law firms: partners who ought to know better either a) allow their marketing departments far to much free reign to burn their money on completely fucking stupid vanity projects; or b) actually authorise these completely fucking stupid vanity projects in response to marketing departments using terms like ‘brand awareness’, ‘millennials’ and ‘engagement’.


IM Trainee

Anyone seen shawshank redemption?


CMS Battery Hen

Anyone seen Chicken Run?



ooooooft shet ferms my friends



Anyone seen 12 years a slave?



Somebody help me plz



Anyone seen the Gulag Archipelago?



No, but I’ve read it!






Yeah why?



Dow Jones?



Anyone seen Ally McBeal?

Yeah, real law is nothing like that.



Not the first time that BLCP have embraced technology.
It all started with Mark Grayson’s iPad #Pioneer


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