Summer schools shine light on hidden legal talent

University students going undetected by the legal industrys talent radar will be given the chance to shine at a series of summer schools organised by the City Solicitors Educational Trust (CSET).

The first summer school was launched last year and consisted of an intensive residential week-long legal skills programme at Imperial College London.

Due to the high volume of applications last year, oragnisers have decided to add a second date to the programme – doubling the initial 100 student intake.

Ashurst partner Roger Finbow, who has been involved closely with the programme, said the scheme helps remove the glass ceiling way of thinking for students who are studying at non-Russell Group universities.

Theres a massive talent pool of students out there, who are studying at non-traditional universities and who for one reason or another have never considered a career at a City law firm. This is about increasing confidence and knowledge, explained Finbow.

The school is open to all students who have an interest in the legal profession and are in the first year of a law degree or the second year of a non-law degree at a UK university. Students can apply for a place on one of the 2009 summer schools by completing an online application form by 13 March.

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