Hogan Lovells shows support for LGBT+ students as founding partner of The Goldman Sachs Legal Insight Programme

London, 29 March 2019 - Hogan Lovells is proud to be a founding partner of The Goldman Sachs Legal Insight Programme, a collaboration between top firms in various sectors, working together to broaden access to careers in the City of London for LGBT+ talent.

Founded by EY, Goldman Sachs, Hogan Lovells and Hyatt Group, the cross-sector job shadowing and skills training programme for LGBT+ law students is designed to work with LGBT+ students currently studying a degree in law at a UK university to:

  • Eradicate students’ fear of discrimination at top firms and other City institutions,
  • Support talented LGBT+ students who intend to pursue careers in the City of London,
  • Equip students with key professional skills, job shadowing, mentoring and support to develop confidence in their own potential.

In its pilot year, the unique programme is targeted at students who:
  • Identify as LGBT+
  • Are studying a law degree at a UK university
  • Are in the first year of their course, or in the second year in the case of a four-year course
  • Have a thirst for knowledge
  • Are interested in exploring the legal profession, in practice, across different industries
  • Are committed to proudly being their most authentic self (even in the work place) every day.

The programme will run for three and a half weeks over June and July 2019 during which students will gain access to top firms in the City of London and learn through skills sessions, broaden horizons with rotational job shadowing at each of the programme’s founding partners, and gain support through mentoring relationships.
Hogan Lovells is committed to creating and maintain a diverse and inclusive culture that empowers people to be their authentic selves at work. The firms' global Pride+ Network has over 1500 members, including LGBT+ allies, working together to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for LGBT+ colleagues.

In the UK, Hogan Lovells has ranked in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Workplace Equality Index for the last nine consecutive years, and in 2017 won acclaim for creating its trans inclusion policy, the first of its kind in the UK legal market.

Partner and chair of Hogan Lovells UK Pride network, Sian Owles, said:

"We are all the product of our own experiences, our gender identity, our sexuality, our ethnicity, our own thoughts and ideas.  Every one of us is unique.  And it's our uniqueness which is our strength.  Different perspectives make for better teams, better decisions, and better, more successful businesses.  Through this programme, we hope that LGBT+ students will gain the confidence to be their authentic selves and the skills to really embrace the opportunities that a career in the City brings."
 Tuvia Borok, Executive Director & Senior Counsel, Goldman Sachs International added:

“While the world has changed in the 20 years since I came out, it saddens me to know that some LGBT+ students today still feel the need to mask their mannerisms or behaviours for fear of being outed and discriminated against. I hope that through this programme we can help instil confidence in the students to proudly be their authentic self, and demystify any reservations about a successful career in the City for those of us who identify as LGBT+.” 

To apply and find out more about the programme click here 

Applications to be received no later than 23:59 BST on 11 April 2019. For any questions, contact: [email protected] 

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