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Fifty would-be lawyers took their first steps onto the legal career ladder by participating in the Legal Launch Pad (LLP) programme, aimed at helping Black and Minority Ethnic students break into the profession.
The students, who had been handpicked from hundreds of applicants to join the course, attended the LLP programmes induction day yesterday (29 January).
Annette Kallamu, who is currently studying her Legal Practice Course at BPP, managed to win a place on the programme. She said: I used to be a nurse so I had no idea of how to get into law and it was very scary at first but now Im on the programme the road looks far less daunting.
The project is aimed at preparing students who want to secure a training contract or pupillage but, because of their family backgrounds or previous poor careers advice, are less informed about the different routes into the profession.
The lucky students will be offered at least one work placement at one of the participating organisations as well as being able to attend workshops organised throughout the year which will focus on a range of issues including application forms, networking and interview techniques.
The LLP scheme is the brainchild of the Black Lawyers Directorys founder and managing director Debo Nwauz. She said: Last year was really successful and it is lovely to see some of the students who were on last years course and who have secured training contracts come back to talk to this intake.