Linklaters opened its doors to a cohort of state school pupils earlier this month, giving around 20 A-Level students the opportunity to experience life at the magic circle firm.
The programme, in support of the Sutton Trust diversity scheme ‘Pathways to Law’, invited would-be lawyers from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in a host of activities during the work experience week, providing many opportunities for students to see the law in action.
Linklaters’ global head of community investment Matt Sparkes said: “We wanted to give them a feel of what working in the City was like, give them the inspiration and encouragement to see it is achievable and that you don’t have to be posh to work here, you just have to work very hard.”
“We hoped to give the students a broad range of experience and an insight into what law might be like as a profession, and to excite and enthuse them about working in a City environment,” Sparkes added.
During the week the students got to visit the laws courts, spend time talking to community partners including the Disibility Law Service and LawWorks, and to spend half a day at Barclays Capital.
They also took part in a number of lectures and workshops to boost presentation and interview skills, together with their understanding of corporate law.
The magic circle firm intends to remain in contact with the students via an E-mentoring scheme conducted by five of its partners.
One student who attended the work experience said: “It boosted my confidence and pushed me further towards my goal of becoming a lawyer.”