Applications for the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme have now opened, with 30 scholarships on offer.
The scheme aids potential solicitors by providing full and partial scholarships for Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees to gifted students who might struggle to fund their LPC otherwise, and this year is expected to grant around 30 scholarships.
Students accepted onto the scheme are also offered access to profesional networks, work placements and mentoring, but must first show that they have overcome exceptional financial, social or educational obstacles during their legal studies.
Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said: “This is no mere charitable gesture – it’s helping new talent getting a foot in the door. These bright, inspiring students have got all it takes to succeed in law − except for the financial means, professional contacts and opportunities. With help from this scheme, they can become assets to the profession.”
Sandie Okoro, ambassador of the Diversity Access Scheme and group general counsel at Baring Asset Management said: “The students that go through the scheme are talented, motivated and intelligent. If not for the scheme, they would be denied a career in the law through lack of finance.”
She added: “The scheme also benefits law firms as it allows them to scout for talent in a wider trainee talent pool, ensuring that those who are traditionally overlooked are instead given a chance to excel in the profession.”
Applications for the scheme close at midday on 29 March 2013.
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