Global Graduates, the organisation that mentors wannabe lawyers from disadvantaged backgrounds, has added five new firms to its ‘Diversity in Law’ programme.
Berwin Leighton Paisner, Bond Pearce, M-Law, Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons have all agreed to sponsor the undergraduate scheme for the next three years. They will provide financial backing and hold seminars to give students an insight into what it takes to qualify and succeed as a lawyer.
Yolande Beckles, chief executive officer of Global Graduates, said: “Many of our students haven’t been educated in this country and neither have their parents. They lack the nurturing of private schools. We offer support and guidance, which is what the five sponsors are paying for. The scheme means the students can compete equally in an education sector that isn’t balanced. I’m their surrogate mother at the start and their best friend at the end.”
Bond Pearce is the first firm headquartered out of London to sponsor Global Graduates.
Tony Askham, the partner in charge of HR at Bond Pearce, said: “We’re committed to the objectives of Global Graduates and to be their first legal sponsor outside London is a great honour and opportunity for us.”