Financial support and work schemes
Let's face it, we don't live in a meritocracy but there are some great schemes out there striving to overcome barriers for candidates wanting to enter the legal profession. We at LawQWE think these schemes are a fantastic way for the profession to become a more diverse equal playing field for everyone, whatever their background.
What kind of assistance is out there?
Whether you need financial help to complete your studies or support so you can work with disadvantaged communities in social justice areas of law, there is help here specifically for you. There are schemes offering scholarships and financial help to complete your studies. There are also programs that support you if you have a passion for social justice and human rights and want to work and qualify in these areas of law.- Scholarships - Mentoring - Financial support - Support for women entering the profession - Support to work and qualify in social welfare law
Support to work and qualify in socially conscious areas of law with disadvantaged communities
These schemes support candidates who choose to work and qualify in social welfare law working with disadvantaged communities. Take a look at some of these schemes that will support you in a career advancing access to justice.
Solicitors Social Welfare Fund
This is an initiative by the City of London Law Society, BARBRI and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (‘YLAL’) to provide financial assistance to aspiring solicitors working in social welfare law for organisations serving disadvantaged communities. Click the link to find out more.
Justice First Fellowship
If you are passionate about using the law to deliver social justice, and you are looking for a fantastic opportunity to complete your training and move on to the next stage in a career advancing access to justice, then the Justice First Fellowship is for you. Click the link to find out more.
Financial assistance schemes
These schemes are for those whose finances are a barrier to completing their legal education.
Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust
Following the tragic death of young barrister, Inderpal Rahal, a charitable trust has been established in her memory to enable women experiencing financial hardship to further their legal education. The awards are made towards undertaking or pursuing Bar or solicitors' exams, pupillage, solicitors' training, or other legal placement or research in the UK or abroad. Click the link to find out more.
Diversity and inclusion schemes
These schemes try to address some of the barriers faced by aspiring lawyers from less advantaged backgrounds which will lead to a more socio-economically diverse legal profession.
Aspiring Solicitors was founded in 2013 to remove barriers to legal career entry for under-represented groups, and increase meritocracy and inclusion in the profession. Click the link to find out more.
Diversity and Access Scheme
The Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) is a unique scholarship programme, designed to address key barriers to the solicitors’ profession faced by those from less advantaged backgrounds. Click the link to find out more.
PRIME is an alliance of law firms across the UK and the Republic of Ireland determined to improve access to, and socio-economic diversity within, the legal profession. Click the link to find out more.