Social mobility is the ease with which people can fulfil their potential, regardless of their social or educational background.
With increasing evidence suggesting law is becoming a more elitist profession and difficult to break into for those from less privileged backgrounds, Addleshaw Goddard (AG) is promoting wider access to it, through a number of initiatives (see below) and by becoming a signatory to the government's Business Compact on Social Mobility initiative.
AG is a founder member of PRIME, an initiative where law provide a minimum number of quality work experience placements to underprivileged school-age students. We work closely with local schools across London, Leeds and Manchester (at both primary and secondary level) to inspire and help young people fulfil their potential. Each year, we invite around 20 students from years 12-13 to take part in our Legal Access Week.
Social Mobility Business Partnership
SMBP is born out of the multiple award winning Legal Social Mobility Partnership, and is a volunteer led collaboration of over 70 law and accountancy firms, commercial organisations and professional sports teams committed to supporting students from low income backgrounds in their pursuit of a career, in particular, as a legal or finance professional. We are a member of the SMBP, in Manchester and Leeds, working with our clients and other businesses to meet our respective social mobility commitments. As a result, our Legal Access Week students now benefit from an additional week spent with the in-house legal teams at some very well-known companies.
Legal Access Scheme
Our award-winning Legal Access Scheme identifies bright BPP University Law School law students from unconventional or less privileged backgrounds, offering them a place on our summer placement programme. Since its creation, in 2007, 24 participants of the scheme have secured training contracts with us.
Legal apprenticeship scheme
We are at the forefront of apprenticeships in the legal profession and have developed a legal apprenticeship scheme in Manchester and Leeds, providing an alternative route into the profession for people who do not want to go down the traditional university route. Our Head of Resourcing chairs the Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law initiative, with the expectation that, from 2017, apprentices will be on a pathway to eventual qualification as solicitors.
The Sonia McMahon Memorial Award
This was established a few years ago and gives one student from our partner schools a financial contribution towards the cost of studying law at university, access to a mentor and a week of work experience.
For more information about how we maximise social mobility opportunities for people seeking a future in law, please don't hesitate to email us and get in touch.