THE LEGAL LAUNCH PAD PROGRAMME

The 2015 Legal Launch Pad programme opens on the 9th July 2014. Click here to apply: 

This programme, within our Legal Gateway Scheme, is primarily targeted at ethnic minority Law students and non-Law students at university. We work with all UK universities. 

ABOUT THE LEGAL LAUNCH PAD PROGRAMME 

Higher than average numbers of law students and graduates are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and yet they are less likely to find training contracts, pupillages and tenancies. Some of the stumbling blocks are that BAME students (due to their family backgrounds and other evident disadvantages) are more likely to be less prepared for and less informed about the different routes into the profession, what is required of them, and the recruitment process. By the time they become aware of these, it may be too late along their career path, resulting in a waste of their talent, resources, and time. BLD Foundation’s Legal Launch Pad programme is designed to meet this gap by helping to increase our beneficiaries’ likelihood of success through improving skills, providing information and raising aspirations via training workshops, coaching, mentoring and work placements.

The LLP programme started in January 2008, covering London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds (although the work placements also take place in Reading and Bristol). The yearly intake is a maximum of 50 candidates who apply online and are shortlisted to undertake a telephone interview. The selection criteria include strong and consistent academic performance, a clear understanding of the questions, good communication skills, a demonstrated desire to pursue a career in Law, attention to detail, and a strong performance during the telephone interview. Academic performance alone is never enough – we look out for the potential to shine under tailored guidance and it is important to us that we make a difference to the lives of those on the programme.

The Legal Launch Pad is a structured nine-month (January to September) intensive workshop and mentoring programme open to those in university – 2nd year Law/3rd year non-law and beyond. The aim of this programme is to help prepare participants for the legal profession by providing career and personal development avenues via training workshops, mentoring and work placements. All successful applicants must sign the LLP Student Agreement and meet the conditions of the offer, including attending a full Induction Day taking place in London on the 29th January 2015 and their assigned Training Sessions and work placements.

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE 

  • Induction Day – 29 January 2015 in London
  • Training Session 1: Applications & CV Review, Mock interviews and Assessment Centre Practice – February 2015 in London.
  • Training Session 2: Presentation Skills, Commercial Awareness and Negotiation Skills Training Session – March 2015 in London and Manchester. You will be invited to  attend only of these 2 dates at the closer venue to you.
  • Guaranteed Work Placement(s) in the Spring and/or Summer of 2015.  This is likely to be in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Reading, Newcastle or Bristol. Successful applicants will be informed of their particular placement dates by February 2015.
  • Passing Out Ceremony: September 2015
  • Mentoring – All successful candidates are allocated a mentor (a practising barrister or solicitor), and mentoring will be between January and September 2015
  • Networking, marshalling, mock interviews and many other opportunities.

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Law students in their second year and non-Law students in their final year at university
  • Law students in their final year and non-Law students doing their Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
  • Graduates and postgraduate students, particularly those doing or who have completed postgraduate legal education, such as the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar
  • Professional Training Course (BPTC).

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

To apply, you will need to:

  • Be UK (England / Wales) based
  • Be a second year Law / third year non-law or a postgraduate student committed to pursuing a career in Law.
  • Be from a Black (Black African, Black British, Black Caribbean, Caribbean, Mixed), Asian (Asian British, Asian Bangladeshi, Asian Chinese, Asian Indian, Asian Other) or other ethnic minority group in the UK. We also support social mobility so applications of candidates from socially deprived backgrounds who are part of the first generation in their families to receive higher education will be considered.
  • Upload a university transcript, CV and photo
  • Provide one academic and one employer / character reference.

 

The deadline for submissions in 15 November 2014 at 3pm. The system locks up automatically at this time so you are encouraged to apply well before the deadline and contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Please see the Legal Launch Pad Programme brochure for more information.   If you would like to find out more about the Legal Launch Pad, who better to tell you than our alumni! Click here to hear what our beneficiaries have gained by being a part of the Legal Launch Pad programme.

If you would like to find out more about the Legal Launch Pad, who better to tell you than our alumni. Click here to hear what our students have gained by being a part of the Legal Launch Pad programme. To hear what our students from 2013 had to say about their time on the LLP programme, please watch our "What I Have Gained from the Legal Launch Pad" testimonial video. Please also see what our 2014 students had to say after attending the LLP Induction Day

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