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Our role within the committee is to promote diversity in the legal profession by supporting and encouraging young people to consider joining the profession regardless of their background. For the past two years, the JLD has been working closely with law firms and schools in Devon and Somerset to break down the typical barriers to pursuing a career in law. This was done partly by offering the opportunity to final year GCSE and A-level students to undertake legal work experience with three law firms in Exeter.

 

How did we promote diversity?

 

This year the JLD ran an essay competition in local schools in Devon and Somerset. The essay topic was "Should governments be allowed to regulate the internet?” a popular topic in the general press and one which we hoped the students would be able to relate to.

The essays were marked on style, understanding and independent thinking. The whole JLD committee participated in assessing and reviewing the essays. Three winners were selected and offered a work experience placement at Ashfords LLP, Michelmores LLP and Tozers LLP in Exeter.

 

The work experience placements took place over the student's holidays. We have received some really positive experience from the students:

 

The first candidate joined Tozers' Property team for a week and was able to experience a broad range of commercial property work.

 

The second essay competition winner, from Bridgwater, joined Ashfords in Exeter and thoroughly enjoyed his day:

 

"I profoundly enjoyed the work experience and the variety of departments I had the chance to visit on the day truly proved insightful.

 

In particular, the visible distinction between the contentious and non-contentious kinds of work conducted by the commercial and planning departments gave me an opportunity to not only see certain areas of law not present in my A level studies (which focus mainly on criminal law) but also to discover what type of legal work fascinates me the most."

 

The third essay competition winner was chosen from a virtual school which encourages and supports children to fulfil their potential at school. A two day work experience is scheduled to take place at Michelmores on 19 and 20 of December 2017. The essay winner will have a supervisor and also a 'buddy' who will provide additional support. Through workshops, shadowing and interactions with trainees, lawyers and partners, she will have the opportunity to learn more about Michelmores, a career in law and the work of a solicitor.

 

The JLD were delighted to be able to offer work experience to three students who are enthusiastic about law and might not have otherwise had the opportunity to a similar placement – a crucial first step in deciding whether to pursue a career in law.

 

The Diversity Representatives and wider committee are really grateful for the support received from local schools and the law firms offering work experience placements.

 

What is next?

 

The committee year ends in November and the annual JLD elections will be taking place on 23 November 2017. Please look out for further information about the elections and roles available. We wish the new diversity representative all the best with the role. It has been a great experience for us and we are very proud of being able to take part in promoting such a great cause.

 

Our role within the committee is to promote diversity in the legal profession by supporting and encouraging young people to consider joining the profession regardless of their background. For the past two years, the JLD has been working closely with law firms and schools in Devon and Somerset to break down the typical barriers to pursuing a career in law. This was done partly by offering the opportunity to final year GCSE and A-level students to undertake legal work experience with three law firms in Exeter.

 

How did we promote diversity?

 

This year the JLD ran an essay competition in local schools in Devon and Somerset. The essay topic was "Should governments be allowed to regulate the internet?” a popular topic in the general press and one which we hoped the students would be able to relate to.

The essays were marked on style, understanding and independent thinking. The whole JLD committee participated in assessing and reviewing the essays. Three winners were selected and offered a work experience placement at Ashfords LLP, Michelmores LLP and Tozers LLP in Exeter.

 

The work experience placements took place over the student's holidays.

We have received some really positive experience from the students:

 

The first candidate joined Tozers' Property team for a week and was able to experience a broad range of commercial property work.

 

The second essay competition winner, from Bridgwater, joined Ashfords in Exeter and thoroughly enjoyed his day:

 

"I profoundly enjoyed the work experience and the variety of departments I had the chance to visit on the day truly proved insightful.

 

In particular, the visible distinction between the contentious and non-contentious kinds of work conducted by the commercial and planning departments gave me an opportunity to not only see certain areas of law not present in my A level studies (which focus mainly on criminal law) but also to discover what type of legal work fascinates me the most"

 

The third essay competition winner was chosen from a virtual school which encourages and supports children to fulfil their potential at school. A two day work experience is scheduled to take place at Michelmores on 19 and 20 of December 2017. The essay winner will have a supervisor and also a 'buddy' who will provide additional support. Through workshops, shadowing and interactions with trainees, lawyers and partners, she will have the opportunity to learn more about Michelmores, a career in law and the work of a solicitor.

 

The JLD were delighted to be able to offer work experience to three students who are enthusiastic about law and might not have otherwise had the opportunity to a similar placement – a crucial first step in deciding whether to pursue a career in law.

 

The Diversity Representatives and wider committee are really grateful for the support received from local schools and the law firms offering work experience placements.

 

What is next?

 

The committee year ends in November and the annual JLD elections will be taking place on 23 November 2017. Please look out for further information about the elections and roles available.   We wish the new diversity representative all the best with the role. It has been a great experience for us and we are very proud of being able to take part in promoting such a great cause.

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