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Boost for aspiring solicitors who face challenges

21 August 2019

Aspiring solicitors have been awarded a coveted scholarship to complete their studies by the Law Society of England and Wales’ Diversity Access Scheme (DAS).

The DAS aims to help improve social mobility and diversity in the legal profession by supporting people who face social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualifying as a solicitor.

To date, the scheme has supported more than 200 aspiring solicitors in pursuing their career ambitions.

Law Society vice president David Greene said: “The solicitor profession needs to attract talent from the widest possible range of backgrounds to reflect the society it serves.

“We are delighted to welcome 10 new students onto the Diversity Access Scheme to support them in realising their ambitions.

"Today, DAS alumni are thriving across the legal sector – in firms, in-house, in local authorities and in the social advice sector. The one thing they have in common is that they have all achieved these careers in the face of real challenges: homelessness, financial instability and disability, to name a few.

“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.

DAS awardee Kabir Joshi, who has secured a training contract, said: “Being awarded the DAS scholarship is a huge honour for me and has alleviated the enormous financial burden and the associated stress.

“I intend to study part-time and work full-time, completing my training contract at Wilson Solicitors LLP. Here I will continue working on immigration and public law with a focus on asylum and human trafficking claims.

“Receiving the scholarship feels like an acknowledgment of the hardships I, and others, with difficult life experiences face. I feel like it is a just reward for our commitment and our resilience. I am immensely proud to be a DAS awardee.”

Notes to editors

Applications for the next cohort of Diversity Access Scheme awards will open again in February 2020.

The Diversity Access Scheme is sponsored by:

  • RBS
  • BP
  • Withers LLP
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Nottingham Law School
  • BPP Law School
  • The University of Law
  • University of Westminster

For interviews with alumni, contact Ben Davies (contact details below).

Find out more about the Diversity Access Scheme

All enquiries about the scheme should be addressed to Leila Lesan.

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: Ben Davies | ben.davies@lawsociety.org.uk | 0208 049 3850