Black Lawyers’ Directory (BLD); Legal Gateway Scheme
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Non-practising solicitor Debo Nwauzu founded BLD in 2006 to promote diversity within the legal profession and provide a forum for networking. The BLD Foundation now runs two initiatives for young people within the BLD Legal Gateway Scheme. The first is the Today's Children, Tomorrow's Lawyers programme, which delivers valuable careers information via vodcasts (video podcasts) about the law to school pupils - primarily directed to those from ethnic minorities. The vodcasts are available online here. Students from selected schools across the country also participate in at least one of the following: career day workshop; debate with other schools; visit to a law school, firm, set of chambers or major bank; summer school; or work placement (for a very limited number of students).
The second programme, Legal Launch Pad, benefits law and non-law undergraduates through various training sessions that include mock interviews and at least one week's work experience at a sponsoring organisation. For more information, visit the website.
Sponsors of the Legal Gateway Programme include Allen & Overy, DAC Beachcroft, Berwin Leighton Paisner, BPP Law School, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Freshfields, No5 Chambers, Olswang, Shoosmiths, Slaughter and May, The College of Law and White & Case.