Hogan Lovells Ladder to Law Event Opens the Door to the Legal Profession
18 February 2011
LONDON, 18 February 2011 - Hogan Lovells yesterday held the first Ladder to Law open day of 2011, part of a unique initiative that aims to inspire Year 10 to 12 students from a range of social backgrounds to consider a career in law and promote wider access to the legal profession.
26 Year 11 students from five of the schools involved in the Ladder to Law programme attended a series of interactive workshops and talks about being a lawyer and the skills required for this career. Professor Jeremy Horder, Professor of Law from King's College London, presented to the students on studying law at university.
Hogan Lovells Ladder to Law programme was launched at the start of 2010 in response to a 2009 report by the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, chaired by Alan Milburn, which recommends that social mobility be improved through every life stage including schools, universities, internship practices and recruitment processes.
The initiative enables the participating schools from across London - which include Pimlico Academy, Bacon's College, Barking Abbey School, Paddington Academy and St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls - to give their students the opportunity to gain insight into life as a lawyer. The programme, which is tailored to each school, offers a different activity each year for each year group.
Associate Director of Legal Resourcing Clare Harris, who spearheads Hogan Lovells' graduate recruitment and diversity initiatives, said:
"The Ladder to Law initiative is designed to widen access to the legal profession by giving young people the information they need to encourage them towards a career in law, particularly important given the pending rise in university tuition fees. We want to employ the best graduates, but the first step towards this is getting young people into the universities."
Professor Jeremy Horder commented:
"I am fully in support of the Hogan Lovells Ladder to Law programme and pleased to be able to contribute to today's event. The people in this room today could be the lawyers of tomorrow which is an exciting prospect; I hope that after today many of them will give a career in law a second thought."
One of the students who attended the event said:
"I have actually learnt about the things lawyers do today, not just the things I see on television. I have learnt what you need to become one and it isn't as hard as I thought it would be."
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