Record numbers sign up as College of Law mentors

A record number of lawyers have volunteered to act as mentors to wannabe solicitors studying at the College of Law (CoL) in Bloomsbury, following an industry appeal.

The school sent out a plea for lawyers to take part in its annual mentoring scheme, whereby qualified solicitors provide guidance to students with limited access to the legal profession. They offer networking advice, application form surgeries and interview techniques.

This year 160 qualified lawyers are taking part in the annual scheme, compared with 119 last year. And for the first time ever the participants include a number of barristers who will mentor students training for a career at the bar.

CoL student Anna Perry, who had a mentor last year, is now undertaking her Legal Practice Course (LPC) after winning a training contract with Osborne Clarke.

She said: My advice to student mentees is to treat their place on the scheme as if it was all their Christmases and birthdays rolled into one and to prioritise it above all else.

The mentors work for a variety of law firms across the capital, including Charles Russell, Linklaters, Fisher Meredith, Denton Wilde Sapte, Farrer & Co and Capsticks.

Other firms represented include the in-house law department of Tesco, Holman Fenwick Willan, DLA Piper, Campbell Hooper, Rooks Rider Solicitors, CMS Cameron McKenna, Hextalls and Nabarro.