The Student Lawyer Mentorship Scheme

Brand New for 2020 – The Student Lawyer Mentorship Scheme

The last few years have seen a much-needed focus on diversity in the recruitment of new solicitors and barristers, in order to address the difficulties faced by certain groups in making their way into the legal profession. Firms are waking up to the fact that diversity is much more than a box-ticking exercise – clients want to see diverse legal teams who can bring different approaches to solving their issues.  

However, a look at the SRA and Bar Council’s latest statistics show that there is still a long way to go before the makeup of the legal profession matches the diversity of the population as a whole. The statistics are generally worse in commercial firms and chambers where the odds remain heavily skewed in favour of candidates from privileged backgrounds. 

The Student Lawyer Mentorship Scheme seeks to level the playing field by matching mentors from the legal industry – both solicitors and barristers – with mentees from backgrounds that are underrepresented in law.

Successful applicants to the scheme will receive:

  • A personal mentor who works in your area of interest to help you with your applications over the course of the year.
  • Free one-to-one coaching and advice from your mentor, whether that be helping you to pick which firms or chambers to apply for, fine-tune your CV, practise interviews, or build a network.
  • Invitations to exclusive TSL events, such as networking evenings and skills workshops.

Applications for the scheme will be opening soon.  For the latest updates on the application process, make sure you sign up to the TSL Mailing List.  

If you would like to join the waiting list for the scheme or have any questions, email us at hello@thestudentlawyer.com and we will contact you personally when we open the applications.