Diversity scheme celebrates another successful year

Fifty-four aspiring lawyers will be graduating from this year’s Legal Launch Pad (LLP) programme, aimed at helping BME students break into the legal profession.

Their success will be celebrated at a reception to be held at magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer tomorrow evening (8 September). The guest speaker at the event will be Barings Asset Management general counsel Sandie Okoro.

LLP is the brainchild of Debo Nwauzu, founder and Chair of Totally Management, which owns BLD, who said: “The students have been ambitious, focused and committed and I feel immensely proud of what they have been able to achieve.”

The scheme is targeted at university students aged 18 years and over who want to break into the legal profession but due to family backgrounds or previous poor careers advice are less informed about the different routes into law. It is unique in its eight-month duration and content, covering training sessions in London, Birmingham and Manchester or Leeds. Each participant undertakes work experience at a major law firm, is allocated a mentor and attends workshops on a range of topics, including application forms, networking and interview techniques.

The programme is sponsored by top names within the legal world including DLA Piper, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Beachcroft, Shoosmiths, Olswang, No5 Chambers, White & Case and the College of Law. It is also supported by the Law Society and Bircham Dyson Bell.