The Diversity Access Scheme at the Law Society has already supported hundreds of students and has just opened again to help a further 15 to 20 students this year with their LPC or SQE preparation course/assessments.
The scheme welcomes applications from students from all underrepresented groups including disabled students, those from Black or other ethnic minority backgrounds, LGBT+ students and those who have faced significant challenges to pursing their education and career.
The Diversity Access Scheme helps talented, aspiring solicitors to pursue their legal education and careers through three avenues different avenues:
These opportunities all focus on developing the skillset and subsequent employability of successful candidates, which will be invaluable when it comes to building a successful career.
Successful candidates will be matched with a professional mentor and gain work experience in a practice area of interest during studies. This experience not only presents an opportunity to build your CV, improve your employability and develop your network, but also a chance to enhance your understanding of the solicitor profession. The knowledge you’ll gain from this will support you through various decisions regarding your career path.
The scheme is also introducing soft skill support sessions delivered though The Law Society’s careers team and DAS sponsors that focus on improving employability and applications. These sessions will include:
The Diversity Access Scheme welcomes applications from students from all backgrounds and of all ages, as long as you meet the following criteria.
To be eligible you must not:
You must also meet two of these criteria:
Please note that the Law Society says that even if you don’t meet the above criteria, you may still be eligible to apply to
the scheme if you face, or have faced, exceptional circumstances in pursuing your legal education or career. These circumstances could be a result of a wide range of factors such as your cultural background, health problems, disability, sex, gender identity, sexuality, race, religion, or any other challenging personal circumstance.
You can see the full list of eligibility criteria on the Law Society website – and see some examples of what they mean by ‘exceptional circumstances’.
To apply, you need to complete an online application form in full. Following this, shortlisted candidates will be notified of a scheduled assessment and interview with the judging panel, which will last around 30 minutes.
|22 February||Applications open at midday: application form and guidance will be available from the Law Society website|
|16 April||Applications close at midnight|
|Second week of June||All applicants advised whether they have been shortlisted|
|6 – 8 July||Interviews with shortlisted applicants via Microsoft Teams|
|19 July||All shortlisted applicants advised whether they have been successful|
It’s important to note that no extenuating circumstances will be considered in the case of late submissions, so please ensure your application is submitted with plenty of time.
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