US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has opened its doors to children as young as 11-years-old in a bid to show them what goes on behind the scenes of a law firm.
The firm has today welcomed more than 20 youngsters aged between 11 and 18 to take part in its first-ever Take Your Kids To Work Day, which was organised by its Working Families Group.
Graduate recruitment manager Jillian Singh said: “We’ve created it mainly for children or relatives of people who work at the firm. They’re all in secondary school and will be starting to think about what career to choose and this shows them there are so many different professional roles within a law firm including accountancy, HR or marketing.”
As part of the scheme, the career conscious youngsters will be work-shadowing their parent or relative at the firm and then taking part in various workshops including one taken by a police officer focusing on internet safety.
The group will also get to take part in an ice-breaker exercise, which the firm uses on its trainee assessment days.
Joanne Etherton, who heads up the firm’s Working Families Group, said: “We hope the day has provided the children with an insight into the role of a solicitor as well as the other career opportunities that exist within a law firm. We invited careers specialist, Tanja Kulvejic, managing director of B-Live to show them how to engage in and maximise their personal and career development.”
The news comes after The Bar Council launched a week-long programme of events aimed at promoting better access to the profession.
The programme, which was launched in July, included a day-long conference in Birmingham for sixth-formers interested in a career at the bar and the fourth annual Bar Placement Scheme (BPS).
The BPS gives 48 students from state schools the opportunity to gain work experience with a barrister and take part in advocacy lessons.