Applications open for Diversity Access Scheme scholarships

Applications are now open for the Law Society scheme for talented students who would not be able to continue their studies to become a solicitor without funding.
The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) aims to improve social mobility in the legal profession by supporting promising entrants who also face exceptional social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualification. To date, the scheme has helped more than 150 students.
Full and partial scholarships are provided to help individuals undertake the Legal Practice Course. In addition to financial assistance, awardees are also offered access to relevant high quality work experience, a professional mentor and networking opportunities.
Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said:
“The Diversity Access Scheme provides recipients with more than monetary support: it is an investment in the potential of worthy aspiring solicitors who might otherwise have been unable to pursue a legal career. It is a practical and powerful way to tackle social and financial disadvantage.
“In the past, we have awarded scholarships to outstanding recipients who have overcome exceptional obstacles. Previous alumni have experienced time in local authority care, battled homelessness, and fought for access to university and work experience with severe physical disabilities.
“Whatever their obstacles, all have shown tenacity, courage and commitment to furthering their career, and we expect this year’s recipients similarly to add their experiences and talents to the rich fabric of the legal profession.”
About the scheme
The scheme is sponsored by Allen & Overy, Aviva, BP, BPP Law School, Eversheds, Hogan Lovells, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Irwin Mitchell, The Law Society Charity, RBS Group, Reed Smith, Nottingham Law School, University of Plymouth, University of Westminster, and Withers LLP.
Applications for the scheme close at midday on Friday 28 March 2014. For details on applying for the scheme, please visit the website.
10 February 2014

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