City firms create summer diversity scheme

Thirteen City firms have committed themselves to a summer school diversity initiative to encourage applications from students studying at non-Russell Group universities.

The City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET) summer school programme will offer summer schemes to 100 students every year at Imperial College.

The scheme is being supported by Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Faegre & Benson, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hammonds, Herbert Smith, Linklaters, Lovells, Macfarlanes, Penningtons, Slaughter and May, and Watson Farley & Williams.

These firms will fund the programme by using 50 per cent of existing subscriptions that the members pay to CSET.

Firms have each paid CSET around £300 per trainee at each firm, but this amount is likely to be revised up to £400 next year.