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How you and your organisation can support the Diversity Access Scheme

7 June 2019

The legal profession has worked hard to see significant improvements in removing the barriers to entry, particularly when it comes to social mobility.

By basing decisions on skill and merit rather than background, we have seen a more diversified sector. There are still further opportunities available to continue this success and make law careers even more accessible.

Diversity Access Scheme

The Diversity Access Scheme helps students who have experienced challenges in their lives start their career in law.

With the number of applications growing year on year, our aim is to be able to offer this scheme to even more people who, without it, may never get to become solicitors.

The Diversity Access Scheme awards scholarships each year which include:

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

We are currently able to offer 10 awards under the scheme with thanks to universities which provide placements to awardees of the scheme and to our members who contribute to, or fully fund, the tuition fees.

Universities which provide placements are:

  • BPP
  • Nottingham Law School
  • Westminster University
  • the University of Law

Our members who provide funding are:

  • BP
  • Eversheds
  • Hogan Lovells
  • RBS Legal
  • Withers

How you can support the scheme

We want to give this opportunity to as many students as we can, but we need your help to make this happen.

If your organisation would like to support the scheme, you can:

  • make a financial contribution towards fees associated with completing the LPC
  • offer a work placement at your organisation
  • mentor a student from the scheme within a particular area of law

Email diversityaccesscsheme@lawsociety.org.uk for more information on how to get involved.

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