Teenagers eligible for paid internships at magic circle agency

Freshfields is seeking to handle social mobility ‘chilly spots’ by way of the launch of a brand new mentoring programme which sees sixth-form college students participate in work expertise and expertise classes led by the magic circle agency’s workers.

The three-year programme, run in partnership with the Social Mobility Basis, will see round 100 college students annually from decrease socio-economic and racially numerous backgrounds obtain mentorship from the agency’s workers, together with attorneys. Members, all aged between 16 and 17, can even be eligible for a paid internship at one in every of Freshfields’ UK places of work.

This yr’s cohort will full the programme in 2024, which the agency says will allow it to supply “long-term assist at an important stage of the scholars’ lives”.

Freshfields’ London managing associate, Claire Wills, mentioned the agency strongly believes that “profession success shouldn’t be outlined by a person’s social background or ethnicity, and we really feel we have to do what we will to deal with the systemic points which create limitations for a lot of”.

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She continued:

“The brand new programme will allow us to succeed in these with much less entry to privilege and alternative, and assist equip them with the instruments and information to succeed. Rising range and inclusion throughout the authorized career is just not solely the appropriate factor to do, it’s important for our enterprise and for society. We’re actually wanting ahead to welcoming the primary cohort.”

Sarah Atkinson, CEO of the Social Mobility Basis, added: “The pandemic has highlighted and elevated the limitations which forestall deprived younger individuals attaining their potential, however it has additionally impressed companies to reply to the problem and spend money on social mobility.”

The programme’s launch comes as quite a lot of main Metropolis gamers together with Simmons & Simmons, Norton Rose Fulbright, Linklaters and Allen & Overy, introduce recruitment targets to attain larger ethnic and racial range throughout their trainee intakes.