Samsung set to bolster hiring of law school graduates

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Group, the country's top conglomerate, is planning to hire more law school graduates as part of efforts to better cope with rising lawsuits, industry sources said Tuesday.

According to the sources, Samsung Electronics Co., the group's flagship unit, and 10 other affiliates are set to offer internships and job opportunities for students who study at local law schools. They will be officially hired after passing the bar exam.

It is the second time for Samsung Group to offer internships for preliminary lawyers since 2011 and 2012.

In September last year, Samsung also recruited a large number of lawyers.

Samsung's move comes as it is planning to beef up compliance management at its affiliates as part of a group-wide strategy to better handle rising legal tussles and a fast-changing business environment.

Samsung and Apple Inc., the world's two largest smartphone makers, have been fighting to protect their stakes in the lucrative smartphone sector.

It also comes amid the government's heightened efforts to toughen its crackdown on internal transactions among conglomerates. The government has also vowed to nurture small and medium firms as part of its economic democratization drive.

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