Fieldfisher launches Diversity Access Scheme with Peloton

updated on 29 October 2021

European law firm Fieldfisher has launched a two-week legal work experience programme aimed at candidates who are from underrepresented backgrounds in the legal profession.

The firm has partnered with exercise equipment company Peloton – one of its clients – to run the scheme, which will provide successful applicants with the chance to gain work experience at a top City law firm, develop personal and professional skillsets, and build networks.

The in-house legal team at Peloton will share their insights regarding what a client looks for and expects from its lawyers, while offering a picture of what their working day looks like.

Those who are accepted onto the scheme, which will take place between 20 June 2022 and 1 July 2022, will be eligible to apply for another two weeks of work experience with Peloton for an opportunity to work with the company’s in-house legal team. The two-week Peloton in-house experience will take place from 4 July 2022 and 15 July 2022 for candidates who secure a place.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “We know that a diverse workforce is fundamental to our success as a firm. That means not just financial success, but success with our people feeling comfortable and valued in their roles.

“It also means success for our clients, knowing that there is a team of people capable of looking at their issues with a broad range of ideas and experiences.”

The 2022 scheme is part of the firm’s recruitment process for training contracts starting in 2025. Candidates who want to start their legal career in 2024 are required to apply directly for a training contract.

Underrepresented students and graduate groups accessing the legal profession include, but are not limited to:

  • students from a minority ethnic community;
  • LGBTQ+ students;
  • students with a disability;
  • state-educated students;
  • neurodiverse students;
  • students who are the first generation to attend university; and
  • students who require financial assistance, which is unavailable via private means, to be able to continue their education.

Fieldfisher review applications on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To be eligible for a position on the Diversity Access Scheme 2022, applicants must:

  • be on track to achieve, or have already received, a 2:1 in any degree discipline;
  • be dedicated to a career in law;
  • be from an underrepresented background.

For more information on what firms are doing to improve diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, visit LawCareers.Net’s Diversity Hub, sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.