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Diversity Access Scheme applications open to trainee solicitors


Diversity Access Scheme applications open to trainee solicitors

The Law Society of England and Wales is inviting applications from trainee solicitors for a place on the Diversity Access Scheme (DAS).


The scheme aims to improve social mobility in the legal profession by supporting people facing exceptional social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualify as a solicitor.


The scheme has supported more than 200 aspiring solicitors to date. As well as financial assistance for the Legal Practice Course (LPC), DAS offers trainees relevant high-quality work experience and networking opportunities.


Law Society president Joe Egan said:


“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.


“To thrive, the profession needs committed solicitors from diverse backgrounds – The Law Society looks forward to welcoming up to ten new trainees onto the scheme to support them in realising their ambitions.”


Helen Mead was awarded a place on DAS in 2017 and said:


“I wanted to say a huge thank you for believing in me and granting my DAS scholarship.


“I have secured a training contract with Hanne & Co – a firm with a passion for access to justice that I really believe holds the same values as me. I start in January 2019. Thank you for making this possible.”


DAS 2018 is for the academic year 2018-2019 – and as well as financial assistance up to the full cost of LPC course fees, trainees will also benefit from a professional mentor to help answer questions about starting a career in law.


The Law Society says that previous alumni of the scheme come from a wide range of background – some have experienced time in local authority care, have resisted coercion into arranged marriage or escaped oppressive regimes, or have battled for access to university with severe physical disabilities. Others accepted for DAS have faced financial and social hardship, growing up in low-income households without the financial support to enable them to pursue their studies.


Applications for DAS are online and the closing date for applications is Sunday 8 April.


DAS is sponsored and supported by RBS, BP, Eversheds, Withers LLP, Reed Smith, Hogan Lovells, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, University of Westminster, BPP Law School, The University of Law and the A W Blackwell Bequest.

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