The bar is rightly proud of its efforts to promote ethnic and gender diversity in the legal profession. With that in mind, Inner Temple appears to be leading the way with the launch of a social mobility initiative in partnership with 43 chambers with the aim of giving work experience to underrepresented students (12 March 2012).
The Pegasus Access Scheme, which is aimed at university students or recent graduates, will provide a range of three- to five-day mini-pupillages at the partner chambers.
The criteria for the scheme includes the requirements for the candidate to have attended a state school, to be in the first generation of their family to go into higher education, and to have been eligible for free school meals.
The news follows the creation of the first profession-wide social mobility initiative Prime, which now boasts almost 75 law firm signatories (14 September 2011).
A number of the law firms intend to roll out initial pilot schemes this year, with Slaughter and May announcing a partnership with an inner-city school last week (8 March 2012).
Although considering Pegasus’ was the progeny of a god it may not have been the best name for a social mobility initiative.
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses we read “While deep sleep held fast Medusa and her snakes, Perseus severed her head clean from her neck; and from their mother’s blood swift-flying Pegasus and his brother Khrysaor sprang… Medusa, it’s said, was violated in Athena’s shrine by the Lord of the Sea Poseidon.”
On the subject of head chopping, earlier this week the Legal and Education Training Review team disclosed the radical proposals it is currently considering, including the abolition of the concept of the qualifying law degree (13 March 2012).