East End kids get taste of what life’s like as a lawyer

SCHOOLKIDS from working class backgrounds in London’s East End are being given first-hand experience of what it’s like in the legal profession. Law firms are taking part in a project to encourage teenagers to think about a career as a solicitor or even barrister

By April Welsh

SCHOOLKIDS from working class backgrounds in London’s East End are being given first-hand experience of what it’s like in the legal profession.

Law firms are taking part in a project to encourage teenagers to think about a career as a solicitor or even barrister.

One firm, Allen & Overy at Bishops Square in Spitalfields, is running activities which include shadowing lawyers and visiting the High Court.


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Their human resources manager Jane Masey explained: “We don’t have a blueprint for what we’re looking for in our recruits.

“Our priority is to find the best people, not to judge people on their background.”

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The project is targeting East End schools with poor rates of pupils going on to higher education and youngsters whose parents are in non-professional jobs.

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