Olswang has offered a training contract to a student who participated in the firm’s pilot diversity programme run in conjunction with BPP Law School.
The Olswang/BPP access scheme is aimed at students who have performed well at degree level but whose unconventional secondary education prevented them from achieving sufficient UCAS points to meet the minimum academic criteria set by many City firms. Such students can apply through the access scheme via BPP’s careers service for a summer placement, which guarantees them a training contract interview.
The successful student said: “In spite of scoring well in my degree, GDL and LPC, the training contract application process was proving extremely difficult for me due to my A-level grades. Often my applications didn’t pass screening at paper stage and some firms flat out refused to accept an application from me, in spite of my efforts to contact HR and explain my situation,”
“Whilst it is by no means guaranteed that access scheme attendees will be offered training contracts, attendance on the scheme is most certainly beneficial. A fortnight with Olswang will undoubtedly help successful applicants to develop their understanding of commercial law firms and will in turn increase their standing as applicants to the legal profession,” added the student.
As a result of its success Olswang plans to run the scheme during the forthcoming academic year.
Olswang is not the only firm to run diversity access schemes. National law firm Addleshaw Goddard has operated a similar programme through BPP for four years and has as a result offered ten training contracts to successful participants.