It might be Fair, but is it Legal?
Yes, its the Sheffield Legal Fair on Wednesday 20 November. Whether you’re already studying law, intending to convert, or just curious, it’s a great way to find out first-hand about the opportunities in the sector and what potential employers are looking for.
Use the ‘Prepare for the Fair' webpage to help you make the most of the day, and don't miss the presentations throughout the afternoon.
OK, so it might be Legal, but is it fair?
A good question. The professions of solicitor and barrister are highly prestigious and very competitive, and in the past may have seemed the preserve of privileged, privately-educated, well-off, mainly middle-class, mainly male and mainly white entrants. Does this still hold true? The legal professions are doing a lot to open up access to a more diverse workforce. Initiatives like the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme, Allen & Overy’s Smart Start scheme, and the Citizenship Foundation’s Lawyers in Schools programme are helping to redress the balance.
The Transition Team at the Careers Service aim to provide additional careers support to students from backgrounds “traditionally under-represented in higher education” - that could be mature students, anyone who’s the first generation in their family to go to university, students from schools or neighbourhoods with low rates of progression to university, students on full living cost grants. We’re keen to work with any students who consider themselves to be “non-traditional” and are aiming for a law career, whether you’re already studying law or are thinking of doing a conversion course. Why not get in touch for a chat? Just email us at email@example.com to arrange a time.