Lawyer 2B, BPP give A Level students insight into law

Lawyer 2B has successfully hosted another careers event for promising A-Level students attending state sixth form colleges who are interested in training as solicitors and barristers.

The two-day diversity event, now in its fourth year, was held on 8 and 9 March at BPP Business School, situated next to the iconic “Gherkin” tower in London.

A Level student Michael Doran who is studying at Plumstead Manor Negus school in South London said he wanted to attend the careers day to find out more about what working as a lawyer actually involves.

“I’ve learnt that there are lots of different elements to working as a lawyer and some of the obstacles that I’m going to have to get through -especially the cost and the need for excellent grades.”

The Lawyer 2B careers day is aimed at ‘Gifted & Talented’ Year 12 A-level students and once again was attended by more than 250 students from around 30 schools and colleges based in inner and greater London.

Law firms participating in this year’s event were Baker & McKenzie, Bircham Dyson Bell, Clifford Chance, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Linklaters, Slaughter and May and SNR Denton.

Baker & McKenzie trainee Sunil Mawkin who ran one of the workshops said: “”Baker & McKenzie is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its lawyers and staff. The Lawyer 2B diversity event provided us with a great opportunity to support diversity initiatives in the wider legal community and to help raise the aspirations of potential lawyers of the future.”

Yasmin Ali Khan subject leader in law at Barnet College said: “We’ve been coming every year since the event was launched as it’s very well organised and the workshops are interactive. And as a result lots of our students have gone on to study law at some of the country’s top universities and some have even managed to get training contracts.”