Hogan Lovells Hosts Annual Diversity and Work Experience Programmes
08 September 2014
Hogan Lovells has hosted a set of bespoke, award-winning diversity and work experience programmes including Ladder to Law, an initiative first launched in 2010 and now in its fourth year.
Through Ladder to Law Hogan Lovells targets local schools outside the traditional 'City' area of London, reaching out to students of all ethnic backgrounds and those who are often the first in their immediate family to attend university. The aim of this programme, which is unique to Hogan Lovells, is to give students an insight into what studying and practising law would be like. Hogan Lovells tailors the sessions to year 10, 11 and 12 students offering each school a range of activities including debating workshops and networking opportunities.
Through a unique partnership with Vodafone, Ladder to Law students are also given the opportunity to meet Vodafone lawyers and to hear from their senior stakeholders, including Rosemary Martin, the Group's General Counsel and Company Secretary. Vodafone run a series of legal workshops for the students to provide them with an insight into life in-house, to increase their commercial awareness and give them the chance to work on their negotiation skills.
The firm is also one of the founding partners of Pathways to Law and Pathways Plus, initiatives run in partnership with The Sutton Trust. The projects aim to provide opportunities to pre-university and first year law students from state schools in the UK who are interested in a career in law and are first generation attendees of university in their families.
Ruth Grant, People Development Partner and co-Chair of Hogan Lovells Diversity Committee, said:
"Pathways to Law offers to students, who are often the first in their family to attend university, a real feel for what it is like to practise law. We are committed to supporting this unique and engaging project that targets a diverse range of students. This is a long-term investment for the firm and we will continue to grow and expand this programme in the coming years."
The sessions, run by Hogan Lovells lawyers involves workshops around communication and networking; CV preparation; corporate case studies; presentations; panel discussions; and work shadowing. The graduate recruitment team at Hogan Lovells also work closely with external partners to facilitate sessions.
Hogan Lovells diversity and work experience programmes recently received the big tick from BiTC's Race for Opportunity which recognises organisations that are dedicated to widening the pool of diverse talent entering the workforce. The firm has also been shortlisted for the 'Recruiting Diverse Talent Award' from BiTC's Race for Opportunity and recently won the Commendation for Diversity at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2014.
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