Trainee solicitors at Cobbetts are rolling out a new mentoring scheme to help students from non-traditional backgrounds break into the law.
The programme is to be introduced as part of a series of diversity initiatives, which first went into discussion last year (13 December 2010).
Graduate recruitment manager Paul Kendell said: “The mentoring scheme is part of a wider diversity agenda at Cobbetts. We are very much focused on getting people to think about a career in law and introduce them to the profession.
“We want to highlight the opportunities and help to show them how to get there.”
The mentoring will be aimed at students that have gone through the Pathways to Law scheme and have now started at university.
The trainees have undergone specific training on how to be effective mentors and get the best from the relationship. The programme will be conducted via face-to-face meetings, as well as through phone calls and email exchange.
Meanwhile, the firm’s trainees are also introducing a mooting programme for schools in 2012, which were formerly on the ‘aim higher’ programme, a scheme aimed at getting more children from poor homes into universities.