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Top firms get street smart on social mobility

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  • "The partners also discussed ways to encourage students from non-­traditional backgrounds to ­consider support roles in the legal sector".

    Why only support roles?????

    Handing out free work experience places here and there is not going to work and this is equally unfair on those from middle income families who do not qualify for the criteria, ie free school meals etc.

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  • Waa waa waa. Bore off. The latest trendy thing to do.

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  • HOOP DREAMS. C'MON.

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  • While I support the objectives, the problem with trying to measure social mobility is that it is so hard to define, unlike, say, gender and ethnic background which are (usually) fairly straightforward.

    So I was the first in my family to go to University. But was that because I worked hard to shake off my own working class background, or did my parents do all the hard work for me. Oh, and I'm an only child. If I'd had an older sibling who went to University, I would have to answer the question the other way, but how does that affect my social background?

    So yes, it is different from other diversity issues, because the questions are merely proxies and may themselves be based on, or used as the basis of, discrimination based on invalid assumptions. Who cares what school my parents chose to send me to, assuming they had a choice? Did they pay the fees in full, or did they rely on a bursery fund to cover most of the cost? Why should I be judged on the basis of decision which was largely not my own?

    By gathering data at the recruitment stage, this suggests that the information is relevant to the recruitment decision. It should be made clear that it will play no part in the recruitment decision, but rather be used to inform future recruitment strategies.

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  • The level of schooling and subsequent grades achieved is a government problem and it should not be law firms responsibility to try and perform a balancing act. Anyone who furthers this by saying more priviliged children use contacts is, quite frankly, talking rubbish. Only a very very small minority may utilise family contacts for the sake of career progression.

    This attempted balancing is going too far. Keep it meritocratic and let the government deal with these issues as they are meant to do!

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  • unlike whitehall where to get an internship you have to have family working there.

    meritocracy sounds very good but there's a reason social mobility is such a hot topic.

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  • This seems to be the latest buzz word for law firms to pursue in their CSR policies, without actually sitting down to think about what they want to achieve. Firms are rather concerned with their image. Would be interesting to know what allowances/mitigation firms make to improve social mobility if any.

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