BLD hosts careers event for minority students

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  • Not fair!

    It's so hard to get vac schemes it's just not fair that a select few are getting them handed to them on a plate without having to go through the proper channels! This is positive discrimination!!!!!!

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  • Deserving Students

    I disagree. I'm not sure about this particular program but last year I know of a program called SEO London. They handpicked around 20 students apparently from 900 applicants (all minorities) and had participating firms pick who they wanted for Vac Schemes.

    I know most of these people. They got multiple offers from participating and non-participating firms. These are people who would have got TCs anyway in my opinion.

    Call it what you will but I don't think these people really hurt your chances.

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  • So, what's the point?

    So these people who were selected last year would have secured a TC anyway? What is the point of it? I agree with the first post; this is positive discrimination. Firm's should not be pressured into offering training contracts in order to meet diversity targets and the like.

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  • The point is.......it is a very good scheme!

    The vacations schemes are not being handed to anyone "on a plate". I am one of the participants on this years scheme and we had to apply, answer competency questions and compete for the places. The purpose of the scheme is to provide participants with professional mentors and to encourage diversity within firms by encouraging recruiters to choose candidates from a wider pool of applicants who do not have the "traditional" requirements such as A levels, red brick degrees etc. I, for example, never took the A levels and would have been screened out of the normal application process for many major firms. The scheme is great and I had an opportunity to meet many recruiters and recieved many invitations to apply for TC's. The recruiters are becoming aware that there is a pool of excellent candidates that don't fit the "normal mould",,..and they are proactive enough to tap into that opportunity. I wish all the candidates success and encourage others to apply for next years scheme.

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  • POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION???

    All programmes like this do is give a push in the right direction to people who need and want it. If there were problems with ethnic MAJORITIES getting into law, then there would be a programme like this for them as well...But there is'nt. The only real problem is people like you who believe that inequality doesn't exist. This view no longer needs to be contested. All that needs to happen is more programmes like this offering support to people (normal candidates) who require and desire it!

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  • The figures cannot be contested

    The figures show that despite being adequately represented in law schools, BME are severely under-represented in law firms and even more so in chambers.
    Programmes such as SEO and LLP are necessary. FACT. We shouldn't be debating that point. If there are white people from poorer backgrounds who face challenges getting into law then they need a helping hand too. It's about giving a helping hand to those in need. White people who are not disadvantaged in any way should fear not.. the system is already in your favour.

    BTW... i'm a white person who is yet to receive an offer but I know my black friends face more challenges than I do so I woudn't begrudge them.

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  • WELL DONE BLD

    An excellent scheme. I must say congratulations to those of you who managed to get on to this. To the person speaking of 'positive discrimination' I see where you are coming from. But surely Positive discrimination is better than Negative discrimination? Negative discrimination is what this scheme is seeking to amend. Negative discrimination is allowing ethnic minority candidates and lower graded candidates to apply for TC and get knowhere. Just because you are Black or did not get AAA at a-level doesnt mean you will not be an asset to a law firm.

    The legal profession is competitive as we know, having added qualities such as this can help to sieve you out from the rest! Why not apply for a scheme like this? I'm sure you wouldnt have turned the oppourtunity down if you were in the same shoes!! Competition is what it is all about, and may the best win...

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  • In regards to anonymous (30-Jan-2009 5:11 pm), I would like to say that through this programme we did not get our vac schemes handed to us on a plate. we applied for this scheme like many to come and got accepted, through this we learnt alot and gained alot, just sitting at home reading about others accomplishments and saying " not fair" isn’t going to get you anywhere, so instead of criticising what BLD has achieved why don’t you get off your ass and actually apply for something, Nothing is handed to you on a plate in this world, you have to work hard to get somewhere, and meet a few jealous people on the way!!!

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