How our Diversity Access Scheme has helped you

We have received the following testimonials from past awardees of our Diversity Access Scheme.

We are very proud to have been able to help these people and offer an opportunity that they may have missed out on.

Rochelle Mckenzie McQueen

"The Diversity Access Scheme has given me newfound confidence and a belief in my future within the legal sector.

Having fallen ill whilst at university, I did not achieve grades which reflected my skills or knowledge. I felt stuck and afraid that law firms would not take me seriously and that my health condition would act as a barrier to me achieving my goals.

I found it difficult to secure legal experience, especially as I was unable to work for free. I saw the LPC as the only way of me being able to prove myself. However, as someone who comes from a low-income background, I had no way of funding the course.

The Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme has filled me with confidence and a new outlook on my future.

I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to study the LPC and gain legal work experience. It is also great to know that others believe in my goals and my ability to achieve them."

Heidi Cooper, age 44

“I am delighted to have been awarded funding for the LPC under the Diversity Access Scheme.

Growing up, I was led to believe that the legal profession was beyond my reach and social standing - a profession for people from wealthy families and a private education.

It took until I was 36, with two young children of my own, to realise that I should not let my background stand in the way of my ability and determination to succeed.

I enrolled on a part-time LLB with the Open University, and graduated in 2014. I did not have the means to fund the LPC, but the Law Society has made it possible for me to take the next step on my journey.

I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this amazing opportunity. Knowing that there are people within the profession who believe in me, gives me added confidence in my ability to succeed.”

Kayleigh Arthurs

“Coming from a low socio-economic background and being the first of my family to go to university, raising the funds for the LPC was impossible.

Without the DAS scholarship, commencing the LPC would have remained a dream and never a reality, especially when my situation worsened considerably after the completion of my law degree.

The Law Society has helped me become closer to a career in law, when I was never really expected to have more than an unskilled and low paid job.

In addition, DAS also aids the employability of its awardees with the mentoring scheme, an aspect that is invaluable to someone like me with my background and circumstances.”

Gary Steel

“I left school at the age of fourteen to care for my ill mother, which I did until 2015. This meant I was unable to gain any GCSEs or A Levels.

I have always wanted a career rather than a job and I wanted that career to mean something and be worthwhile.

I undertook my LLB on a distant learning and part-time basis while caring for my mother. As there was just myself and my mum at home, we relied heavily on benefits and the kindness of charities and our extended family.

I benefited from grants from my university to fund my LLB and without being awarded the Diversity Access Scheme I would not have been able to undertake the LPC due to the high cost.

This would have also been the situation if I was granted the postgraduate loan brought in by the Student Loans Company: as many of the fees are above and beyond the £10,000 loan, I would not have been able to make up the shortfall.

In addition, I was unable to be awarded academic scholarships due to the fact that I do not have GCSE and A Levels and my degree was not gained the conventional way. This also is the same for sponsorship by firms of solicitors.”

Ndifreke Ekaette

“Growing up in a family with limited means and a very disruptive home life, I was always made to believe that certain things, like university or a good job, were out of my reach.

I chose to ignore the social-economic boundaries that were placed on me and persevere, but when faced with the prospect of not being able to afford the LPC, I felt as if my efforts had been wasted.

The Diversity Access Scheme has given me the chance to succeed in a legal career and to break the cycle of poverty and underachievement in my family and provide a life for myself that is far from what I ever could have imagined growing up. It is truly life changing.

The Law Society funding my LPC has not only provided me with financial support but also has given me the added confidence of knowing that the Law Society has faith in my hope of becoming a solicitor, which is something that cannot be measured in monetary terms.”

Eleanor Jane Stinger

"To reach this point in my legal career despite my financial background, childhood abuse and everything else that stood in my way took a lot of determination.

But then to find myself unable to fund the LPC was almost too much. When I say that the support of the Law Society has been life-changing, it is not an exaggeration.

It is not only the financial relief of funding the course that the Diversity Access Scheme Award has given me; the networking, work experience and mentoring opportunities are worth more than any figure in pounds.

This award is going to provide me with the best chance I have to succeed in a challenging and competitive field."

Sarah Christie

“Being a lone mother and having the extra obstacle of multiple serious injuries to my dominant arm, which disrupted my studies and has resulted in a permanent disability, I believed my goal of becoming a solicitor was out of reach.

After receiving the news of being a successful DAS applicant I was completely overwhelmed and humbled that the Law Society supported and believed in my potential of becoming a solicitor such that they have invested their funds, time and resources in to my future.

Being granted the DAS award has restored my confidence and is truly life changing for me. For this I will always be eternally grateful to the Law Society.”

Janet Marie-Coe

“Growing up in a family with limited means and a very disruptive home life, I was always made to believe that certain things, like university or a good job, were out of my reach.

I chose to ignore the social-economic boundaries that were placed on me and persevere, but when faced with the prospect of not being able to afford the LPC, I felt as if my efforts had been wasted.

The Diversity Access Scheme has given me the chance to succeed in a legal career and to break the cycle of poverty and under achievement in my family and provide a life for myself that is far from what I ever could have imagined growing up. It is truly life changing.

The Law Society funding my LPC has not only provided me with financial support but also has given me the added confidence of knowing that the Society has faith in my hope of becoming a solicitor, which is something that cannot be measured in monetary terms.”