Diversity and inclusion

Diversity scheme opens door for talented trainees

Talented trainee lawyers are invited to apply for a place on the profession’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), the Law Society of England and Wales said today as it launched recruitment for the 2020 cohort.

DAS aims to improve social mobility in the profession by supporting those who face exceptional social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualify as a solicitor. To date, the scheme has helped nearly 250 aspiring solicitors kickstart their legal career.

Law Society president Simon Davis said: “For our profession to thrive, we need talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. I encourage any aspiring solicitor who is facing particular challenges on their way to qualification to consider applying for a place on the scheme.

“I am hugely proud of and admire DAS alumni’s achievements. Previous scholars have escaped oppressive regimes, overcome adversity, and achieved academic success while dealing with highly challenging disabilities.

“The Law Society looks forward to welcoming up to 10 new trainees onto the Diversity Access Scheme and helping them launch a highly rewarding career in the law.”

As well as financing their Legal Practice Course (LPC), the scheme offers successful applicants relevant high-quality work experience, a professional mentor and networking opportunities.

DAS awardee Ashley O’Brien, who is starting her LPC under the scheme, said: “Family and financial circumstances made completion of the LPC and becoming a family solicitor a goal I may not have been able to practically achieve.

“The acknowledgement of experience, hard work and determination in light of challenging circumstances – which the diversity access scheme values – has given me the confidence and opportunity to make my aspiration a reality.”

Notes to editors

Applications for the Diversity Access Scheme will open on 17 February until 20 April 2020.

Find out more about the Diversity Access Scheme

For interviews with alumni please contact Emma Clarke (contact details below).

All inquiries about the scheme should be addressed to Leila Lesan: diversityaccessscheme@lawsociety.org.uk

The Diversity Access Scheme is sponsored by:

Natwest Legal
Withers LLP
Nottingham Law School
BPP Law School
The University of Law
University of Westminster

About the Law Society

The Law Society is the independent professional body that works globally to support and represent solicitors, promoting the highest professional standards, the public interest and the rule of law.

Press office contact: Emma Clarke | emma.clarke@lawsociety.org.uk | 020 8049 3743