Big Voice London, a youth organisation supported by the Supreme Court, has been praised last week for its work to encourage state educated students into the legal profession.
They are keen to show that no matter your background, a career in law is open to you.
Our recent report 'Opening up or shutting out? Social mobility in the legal profession' - which included a survey of the top 50 UK law firms - found that just 19% of trainees attended non Russell-Group universities. This highlights the lack of breadth in educational backgrounds in the top 50, however it should be noted that many firms are taking steps to address this.
Our report recommends that in order to broaden access at entry level, more firms should adopt apprenticeships, early outreach programmes, mentoring and sponsoring.
It is fantastic to see an organisation promoting this - allowing the sector to become a more diverse and inclusive place.
Big Voice London is a youth organisation supported by, but independent from, the UK Supreme Court. Our aims are two fold: We seek to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, predominantly aged 16-18, through knowledge of the law and legal policy. We believe that these young people have rights that they deserve to understand and opinions that deserve to be heard, and as such we give them an opportunity to develop and express them. We also believe that these young people should have access to the legal profession as a career. Through the opportunities we provide to the students, we aim to enable them to explore the law as a potential vocation, as such increasing diversity within the solicitor profession and the Bar.