• University of Law launches Springboard Programme to nurture young talent entering the legal profession

    11 May 2015

    From June 2015, young lawyers will be able to get their career off to a flying start with the newly launched Springboard Programme developed by the University of Law (ULaw) in partnership with Aspiring Solicitors. The programme aims to inform and inspire young talent looking to enter the legal profession and help secure vacation schemes and training contracts at leading law firms.

    The programme kicks off in June with sessions aimed at second and third year undergraduate students, the programme will be delivered by legal experts including former practicing solicitors and recruitment managers, together with partners and senior associates responsible for graduate recruitment from some of the UK’s leading law firms. The events will take place at ULaw’s London, Birmingham and Manchester centers and will offer insight, mentoring and skills coaching for up to 600 students looking to launch their career in the legal services profession.

    The sessions will include targeted application and assessment advice, interview techniques, practical advice geared at developing overall professionalism and a commercial awareness session delivered by commercial awareness expert and author, Chris Stoakes.

    A series of networking events will offer participants the opportunity to meet with professionals across the legal spectrum, boosting their career opportunities and putting them one step ahead of their competitors in the recruitment process. Law firms will also benefit from being the first to meet emerging talent and spot bright young legal stars of tomorrow before they get enter the wider market.

    School pupils aged 15 and over will also have the opportunity to participate in a tailored summer school programme focussed on helping them understand the different routes to study law.

    The Springboard Programme will include additional vacation scheme sessions in December 2015 and April 2016. John Latham, President and CEO, ULaw, said: “We are committed to providing aspiring legal professionals with first-class training and equipping them with the skills and tools they need to succeed in the legal industry.

    “The Springboard Programme provides an opportunity for people from different backgrounds who are passionate about a career in law to take their first steps into the profession. By providing access to the experience and expertise of professionals at top legal firms as well as recruiters and career advisors, we are able to guide them from their initial engagement with law, to securing a vacation placement and ultimately a training contract”

    Chris White, founder of Aspiring Solicitors, said: “Our collaboration with The University of Law is based on the emphasis that the University places on widening employability and accessibility into the legal profession for everyone. The programme is a springboard for young people who want to secure a career in the sector, learning from professionals who have already travelled along the pathway.”

    The first events will take place at the ULaw’s centre in Manchester on 22 June 2015, at the Birmingham centre on 26 June 2015 and at the ULaw Morgate centre in London on 30 June 2015.

    For further information please contact:

    The University of Law:Sarah Evans Toyne/ Lianne Robinson/ Chiara Barreca/ Henry Adams
    Telephone: 020 7726 6111
    E-mail: theuniversityoflaw@broadgatemainland.com