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Talented prospective solicitors awarded coveted scholarship

Ten talented aspiring solicitors have been awarded a coveted scholarship by the Law Society of England and Wales’ Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) to help them qualify as solicitors.

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: “We are delighted to welcome ten new students onto the Diversity Access Scheme and support them in becoming solicitors.

“I hugely admire DAS scholars’ achievements in the face of great challenges – some previous awardees have escaped oppressive regimes, while others have achieved professional success while dealing with serious disabilities.

“The legal profession must reflect the diversity of the society it represents. I encourage any aspiring solicitor who is facing particular challenges on their way to qualification to consider applying for a place on the Diversity Access Scheme.”

In addition to financial assistance to undertake their Legal Practice Course, the scheme offers awardees relevant high-quality work experience, a professional mentor and networking opportunities.

2020 DAS awardee Art Badivuku said: "I applied to the DAS scheme after long consideration about how I should approach completing the LPC.

“I had taken out a substantial private loan to cover the tuition fees for the law conversion and I was wary of plunging myself further into debt to cover two concurrent loans.

“This scholarship from the Law Society has relieved me of a lot of financial stress and will allow me to concentrate on my upcoming degree.

“Being chosen as a DAS awardee has given me a massive confidence boost heading into the LPC – encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and apply to firms which I had previously thought were beyond me.”

Notes to editors

Applications for the next cohort of Diversity Access Scheme awards will open again in February 2021.

The Diversity Access Scheme is sponsored by:

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

Find out more about the Diversity Access Scheme

All inquiries about the scheme can be sent to Leila Lesan.

About the Law Society

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