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Fifteen students aged between 14 and 17 are completing a three-day placement at Hogan Lovells as part of the City firm’s diversity efforts.
The Ladder to Law social mobility programme, now in its third year, is aimed at encouraging access to the legal profession for students from non-traditional backgrounds. It draws pupils from ten London schools not normally on the City’s radar.
They will spend three days at Hogan Lovells, taking part in personal development workshops on a variety of topics, including how to make successful job applications and prepare for university interviews. They will also take part in talks about what a career in law entails.
Some of the students will then go on to spend a further two days with the in-house legal team at Vodafone, shadowing lawyers there and taking part in commercial awareness workshops.
Hogan Lovells’ diversity committee co-chair and people development partner Ruth Grant said: “We have always seen this project as a long-term investment and have built strong relationships with the schools and students we work with over the years. We have expanded the programme to include ten schools from the seven initially taking part. This is a unique programme that enables students to get a real feel for what life as a lawyer is like and to break down any perceived barriers that may be stopping them considering entering the legal profession.”