Foreign law students get assistance

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Two hundred students at two Dutch universities will get specialised help building careers in the legal profession. On Monday, Dutch lawyers began coaching efforts at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Amsterdam's Vrije University to help students feel more comfortable in the profession.

The move is intended for foreign students in particular. According to the Dutch Bar Association, many Turkish and Moroccan pupils study law, but few pursue legal careers. This is due to a false impression of the legal field as flamboyant and up-scale.

“That is an unrealistic picture,” a spokesperson for the organisation said, adding that the project helps the legal profession accurately reflect the needs of Dutch society. “In many cases, it makes sense for many immigrant customers to hire a foreign lawyer.” 

Foreign students are not the only ones who will benefit from the coaching. Almost half of the students involved are Dutch nationals. 

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