Diversity Program Opens Door to Talented Interns

Talented trainee lawyers are invited to apply for a place in the profession’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), the Law Society of England and Wales said when opening recruitment for the 2022 cohort.

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

To date, the program has helped over 260 talented graduates pursue their professional ambitions.

It is open to those wishing to take the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Lawyers Qualifying Examination (SQE) who need assistance in obtaining funding, accessing genuine work experience opportunities or meaningful mentorship and who might otherwise struggle to get the support they need to succeed.

“For our profession to thrive, we need talented people from diverse backgrounds. I encourage any aspiring lawyer who faces particular challenges on the path to qualification to consider applying for a place in the program,” said Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce.

“I am immensely proud of our DAS scholars. They each faced unique qualification challenges.

“Many come from less privileged backgrounds, almost a third are disabled and more than two-fifths are black, Asian or from an ethnic minority. Among them are people leaving for care and people who have come to the UK after fleeing oppressive regimes.

“The Law Society is delighted to welcome at least 15 new graduates to the Diversity Access Program this year and help them launch a very rewarding career in law.

2021 DAS winner Bethany Hall said: “I was told that going to university was a bad idea because of the financial difficulties I would face. Despite this, I pursued an undergraduate degree in law and worked alongside my studies in order to finance myself for the three years.

“Although studying law made me realize that I didn’t fit the mold of the stereotypical lawyer, it made me more determined to become a lawyer in the future. However, my plans to study the LPC stopped once I was furloughed in the final year of my undergraduate degree.

“Along with the financial support from DAS, the boost in confidence and the added opportunities are unparalleled. With the support of the Law Society and mentors from a major law firm, a career in law doesn’t seem so daunting anymore.

Notes to Editors

Recruitment is open from February 23 to April 20, 2022.

Learn more about the Diversity Access Program

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For alumni interviews, please contact Naomi Jeffreys (contact details below).

All inquiries regarding the program from potential participants or sponsors can be sent to Leila Lesan.

The Diversity Access Program is sponsored by:

  • Natwest Legal
  • BARBRI SQE preparation
  • Withers srl
  • Kingsley Napley
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Sackers
  • Nottingham Law School
  • BPP Faculty of Law
  • The University of Law
  • University of Westminster
  • UBS

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Press office contact: Naomi Jeffreys | 020 8049 3928