State sixth formers given helping hand by Lawyer

More than 300 first year A-level students descended on Kaplan Law School this week to take part in Lawyer 2B’s annual careers day.

The youngsters who attended the event, now in its second year, were part of the Government’s ‘Young, Gifted and Talented’ programme, which aims to encourage bright students to apply for university through workshops and mentoring schemes.

Student Marjan Jafari from Harrow College said the day gave her a great insight into what being a lawyer involved and what steps she needed to take now to gain a training contract in the future.

“Students from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to succeed in their dreams of becoming a lawyer but something like this gives us the information to compete with them,” said the 18-year-old.

Top law firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters were on hand to guide the students through a range of issues including the structure of the legal profession and how to make successful applications.

Law teacher Leslie Wilson from Harrow College said: “This event allows firms to come forward and say this is how you come and work for us and that gives hope to the students. Out there the general impression is that it’s impossible to work for big City firms but something like this shows students there is hope.”

Other firms to take part and sponsor the event this year included Addleshaw Goddard, Bircham Dyson Bell, Clyde & Co, CMS Cameron McKenna, Hammonds, Linklaters, Mayer Brown, Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons.