Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has partnered with recruiter Rare to establish a scholarship aimed at black and minority ethnic candidates with exceptional credentials.
The Excel scholarship consists of a £9,000 reward over three years, a place on HSF’s first-year workshop and two weeks paid work experience during first-year university holidays.
It also promises a second-year vacation scheme interview, although this is conditional on the candidate reaching a required benchmark in their first-year exams, and personal study sessions with Rare director and former University of Law head of students Melissa Andrewes.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must already be registered with Rare and must be black or minority ethnic students who are interested in a legal career and are in either their first year of a three-year course or second year of a four-year course.
Graduate recruitment partner Matthew White said: “We are excited to be launching this scholarship, which provides a high level of financial support and unique access to work experience opportunities for BAME students. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best people, and support Rare’s mission to build workforces of outstanding people that reflect society’s diversity.”