Major firms and in-house teams to improve diversity
28th January 2014
An online platform that looks to connect law firms with potential candidates and improve the diversity of the legal sector has caught the attention of City and national firms, as well as a number of high profile in-house legal departments. The project, Aspiring Solicitors, was set up by Chris White, a former Norton Rose Fulbright associate.
So far, Attwells, Clyde & Co, Dentons, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright and Wragge & Co are the major firms to have signed up to the scheme, whilst there has also been support shown by those with company in-house legal jobs which make up departments within Barclays, Accutrainee and the legal publisher Lexis Nexus.
The programme looks to help these firms and companies provide individual training to the candidates they secure through Aspiring Solicitors, before they go on to carry out further legal recruitment in what it is hoped will be a generally more diverse environment.
43 universities are also said to have signed up to the scheme, according to this article, which explains how the project aims to change the state of legal recruitment across the industry for existing solicitors, as well as trainees.
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