Aspiring Solicitors is an organisation committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. We work with over 26 law firms and legal teams to provide events, mentoring, competitions, employability assistance and access to the legal professions to students from underrepresented groups, and we have helped our members secure over 1,000 vacation schemes and training contracts since 2014.
Some of the opportunities we offer include:
Commercial Awareness Competition
Our unique commercial awareness competition has now been running for four years, and over 1,500 students from 80 universities took part in 2017/18. In 2018/19 students will enter the competition as individuals and will develop their knowledge of the legal profession, client sectors and how economic and political developments impact on both, as they progress through the competition. In 2018/19 the winning team will receive at least five weeks’ work experience with Dechert, TLT, Travers Smith, Mayer Brown and Barclays Legal as well as a bespoke suit, courtesy of LexisNexis.
Members can enter the competition on our website: www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk
Our new ‘Aspire’ programme launches in September 2018. This programme for up to 300 Aspiring Solicitors members will include bespoke one-to-one careers coaching from our expert legal employability team, as well as the opportunity to attend specific open days with our partner law firms and be mentored by professionals from one of our partner law firms or legal teams.
AS First is a bespoke programme for Aspiring Solicitors members in the first year of a Law degree or first or second year of a non-Law degree. On AS First, students are invited to attend a workshop, have a video interview and feedback, have feedback/coaching sessions with our team and be invited to law firm events. The workshops take place across the country.
Written and delivered by our expert Employability team, the Aspiring Solicitors HeadStart application workshops are unique. They focus on forming a practical strategy for your vacation scheme and training contract success, a targeted applications workshop, a panel consisting of those who have recently obtained a training contract and the opportunity to network with successful AS members who have recently secured training contracts or vacation schemes. The workshops take place across the UK and in 2018, over 500 students attended these sessions.
Legal Work Experience Schemes
We offer a number of different legal work experience programmes, including the Barclays Legal Experience Weeks programme, Shell Work Experience for first years, the Government Legal Service Diversity scheme, an internship with Siemens and more. The programmes involve real legal work experience, and the opportunity to gain an in-depth insight into different firms and legal practices.
Unique within the legal profession, our network of over 350 legal professionals range from global managing partners to associates, trainees and paralegals, to HR and academic professionals, across over 100 different law firms and legal teams. Aspiring Solicitors members can contact any Professional Ambassador to ask questions regarding their career, diversity or firm, amongst other things.
Further details on all these, and all our forthcoming events can be found on our website at: www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk