DLA Piper, the UK’s biggest law firm, has launched a global initiative Break into Law to “move the needle” on diversity in the profession.
The scheme will aim to improve equality and inclusion in the legal industry via events and access to education, and will include mentoring, CV and interview skills workshops and work experience coupled with scholarships and events for students.
Tony Angel, DLA global co-chairman, said: “We have initiatives in offices around the world designed to help young people to break into the legal sector.
“Break into Law brings together the best of these to create a truly global initiative that plays to our collective strengths. With our operations across the world, we can create fantastic opportunities that will make a real difference to young people’s lives,” he said.
DLA will adopt schemes that have been successful in one region for use in other countries.
An example of this is employability skills project BreakThrough, a two day CV and interview skills programme for students, which is well established in Australia and is now being set up in offices across Asia and in the UK.
Stasia Kelly, co-managing partner for the Americas, said: “The lack of diversity in the legal profession is an issue that persists throughout the world. As a leading global business law firm, we understand that we have an important responsibility to help move the needle on this issue.
“Improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the legal profession is a significant priority here at DLA Piper and Break Into Law offers us the opportunity to leverage resources and really make a difference.”
A key question from students at the year 12 careers event held by Lawyer2B in association with BPP Law School was the lack of diversity in the legal profession (6 March 2013).