Applications for the next cohort of the Society of Labour Lawyers Mentoring Scheme (2021/2022) have now closed
If you are a student or recent graduate looking to pursue a legal career, our Scheme could be for you.
About the Scheme
The SLL Mentoring Scheme has been developed to provide an individual mentor to students or recent graduates considering a legal career, including students from non-traditional backgrounds where they may not benefit from a wider network of family and friends who work in the profession.
We want to demonstrate to mentees the wide variety of legal careers and practice areas open to them and emphasise that lawyers working in any environment should be able to combine their career with their Labour values. We’ve had a fantastic response from Society members coming forward to act as mentors to students and recent graduates in next year’s cohort. The mentors include barristers and solicitors working right across the country in a range of practice areas and roles.
In addition to the value of the one-to-one mentor-mentee relationship, we are currently developing a programme of networking and skills-based events for mentees during the twelve months. Our hope and expectation is that mentees will also participate in the activities of Junior Labour Lawyers and the wider Society during the Scheme.
The Scheme will run from January 2021 for 12 months.
To be considered for the Scheme, you must be a student or recent graduate (who has graduated within the past two years and is yet to find full-time, permanent employment in the legal sector) who is both:
interested in pursuing a legal career; and
a member of or sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party.
The Scheme is not limited to those studying for a law degree. Mentees may, for example, be studying another subject at university with a view to applying to take the Graduate Diploma in Law.
Successful applicants will be expected to join the Society of Labour Lawyers, if they are not already members.
How to apply
The deadline for applications has passed.
What our mentees have to say
Last year’s mentees benefitted from the Scheme in a range of ways: increasing their understanding of the profession, building their confidence and connections and identifying specific work experience opportunities that they would otherwise not have had access to.
Chloe, one last year’s mentees, reflects on her experience below:
“University can be a very daunting place for anyone, especially those from marginalised backgrounds. Starting LSE it became suddenly clear that many of my peers had vast social networks which could be an easy point of access into a legal career, that were completely foreign to me. After my first year studying law I firmly believed a career at the Bar was utterly out of my reach.
Applying to the Society of Labour Lawyers mentor scheme, meeting with fellow left-wing lawyers/students, and building a relationship with my mentor gave me a much-needed confidence boost. I learnt about my mentor’s unconventional pathway to the immigration bar, I shadowed her and even attended immigration tribunals.
Many of us will never have access to elite, familial connections, but the SLL mentor scheme has highlighted that this doesn't mean that we cannot build our own diverse networks of lawyers and students who care about social justice. And for me that is so much more valuable.”
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