London law firms work towards socio-economic diversity

January 9, 2013 London law firms are taking up a range of initiatives to remove the barriers that prevent students from lower-income backgrounds pursuing a career in law. This article from The Guardian gives a snapshot of programmes across a number of London firms.

Linklaters has a program that targets younger students, getting involved with children as young as age five in Hackney's primary schools, and inviting around 750 under 16s from local schools into the office each year to give them a taste of life in an international law firm. The firm offers 60 work-experience positions for students aged 16 and above that are either in receipt of free school meals or who would be the first in their family to go to university.

Slaughter and May’s Key Project at a school in Islington supports students from year nine until the end of their A-levels, giving them weekly one-to-one tutorials, after-school workshops and career insight events. The students are offered advice and assistance in applying to university.

Herbert Smith Freehills offers a five-year scholarship programme called Networked, providing work experience, mentoring, skills training and internships, plus an annual bursary during their academic degree, to five students from local boroughs from year 12.

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