updated on 16 November 2020
Global law firm DWF has launched a work placement scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates pursuing careers in law.
The Ethnic Minority Access Scheme has been developed with diversity organisation Aspiring Solicitors. There are six places available on the inaugural scheme, which will consist of a week’s paid work experience in DWF’s commercial practice, covering both London and Manchester.
Seema Bains, partner and head of the diversity & inclusion leadership group at DWF said: "We've developed the Ethnic Minority Access Scheme with Aspiring Solicitors to help increase the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in the legal sector. Unfortunately, our industry still does not reflect the society we live in, and that really needs to change. This targeted programme will hopefully give candidates the opportunity they need to gain exposure to commercial law in practice and help progress their legal careers. We're excited to begin the application process soon and welcome the first group of candidates in April 2021."
Chris White, CEO and founder of Aspiring Solicitors, said: "It is fantastic to be working with DWF on this new work placement scheme to help ensure the firm hires the best Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic aspiring solicitors. This scheme demonstrates a tangible commitment and focus for improving access and opportunities for underrepresented groups in the profession. Both Aspiring Solicitors and DWF look forward to the positive results that flow from this scheme."