Diversity Access Scheme

The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme supports people from low socio-economic backgrounds who want to become solicitors.

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Applications to the Diversity Access Scheme 2020 have now closed.

Due to the unfolding situation with COVID-19, the deadline for applications to the Diversity Access Scheme was extended to 12 midday, Monday 27 April.

You'll hear back as to whether you've been shortlisted for interview by Friday 5 June.

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, staff are not on the Law Society premises. Do not send your Diversity Access Scheme application by post. If you cannot apply online or use the PDF form/email, email Leila at diversityaccessscheme@lawsociety.org.uk to discuss how to submit your application.

Make sure you read the eligibility criteria and application guidance before filling in the application form.

If you have any questions not covered by the application guidance, or require additional support or adjustments, email diversityaccessscheme@lawsociety.org.uk.

The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme supports people from low socio-economic backgrounds who want to become solicitors.

The scheme offers 10 diversity scholarships each year. Each place includes:

  • a bursary to fund your Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • work experience
  • mentoring support

Who can apply

Read the full eligibility criteria (PDF 40 KB) to see who can apply.

How to apply

Read the application guidance (PDF 266 KB) before completing your application form.

You can apply for the scheme via:

We prefer online applications where possible.

If you're submitting your application by email, download and complete the application form (PDF 308 KB).

You’ll also need to answer the essay question in the application form. Essay questions in previous years have been on topics such as Brexit, legal aid and government resourcing.

Submit your application by email to diversityaccessscheme@lawsociety.org.uk.

If you're visually impaired and need assistance accessing the DAS application guidance, eligibility criteria and application form, email Leila at diversityaccessscheme@lawsociety.org.uk.

All documentation for the Diversity Access Scheme will be available on this page in Welsh in April.

Work experience and mentoring

As part of the scheme, we offer you the chance to be matched with a professional mentor and to get work experience during your studies. We’ll help find a placement in a practice area that interests you.

Previous host organisations have included:

Find out how the Diversity Access Scheme has helped others

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