Lead in to Law

development programme
Lead in to Law

Slaughter and May is committed to reaching talented students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and building their confidence, aspirations and understanding of routes into the legal profession. Lead in to Law is a bespoke legal development programme designed to fulfil this commitment.

The programme

Lead in to Law is Slaughter and May’s two year development programme for Year 12 and Year 13 students interested in a legal career. It is run in partnership with diversity specialists Rare.

The programme is focused on increasing access to the legal profession for students from socially diverse backgrounds. It offers places to 20 students each year, providing them with university application support, mentoring and work insight opportunities.

The programme is free to students and includes:

  • a launch event in February with Slaughter and May at their London office;
  • a one-to-one personal development meeting with the Rare team to set university application goals;
  • a chance to hear from current students at top tier universities;
  • personalised support from the Rare team with UCAS preparation and personal statement writing;
  • two work insight schemes with Slaughter and May, one in August and one in October;
  • the option to be matched with a Slaughter and May mentor in Year 13 to support students in their transition to university;
  • a Year 13 revision tips session; and
  • a summer networking and university preparation event at the end of the programme.

Travel expenses will be covered throughout the programme.

About Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. They are a full service law firm to corporate clients and have leading practitioners across a wide range of practice areas, advising on high-profile and often landmark international transactions. Their excellent and varied client list ranges from governments to entrepreneurs, from retailers to entertainment companies and from conglomerates to Premier League football clubs.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the programme, students must:

  • be in Year 12 at a UK state school at the time of applying;
  • be based in London or Greater London, or within a reasonable commute from the Slaughter and May office in Moorgate;
  • be eligible for free school meals between the ages of 11 and 16 (i.e. pupil premium);
  • OR
  • grew up in a household where no parent/guardian had attended university;
  • OR
  • have experience of another form of social disadvantage (e.g. in local authority care, refugee);
  • OR
  • have experience of some form of academic disadvantage (e.g. attending a low performing school).
  • have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades 6 – 9.

How to apply

Applications close on Monday 30th October at 23:59.

If you have any questions about the work experience placement, please contact Jackie Trench: (Jackie.Trench@rarerecruitment.co.uk).

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