Aspiring Solicitors is an organisation that works to address the issue of diversity within the legal profession. It was set up back in 2014 by Chris White, a qualified solicitor, with a view to assist students access the legal industry. Chris resigned as a corporate lawyer four months after founding Aspiring Solicitors to work full-time in the organisation.
We endeavour to achieve our goal by;
(i) providing free access, opportunity and assistance to students from underrepresented groups;
(ii) educating and informing the next generation of the legal profession about the importance of diversity; and
(iii) promoting and encouraging diversity from within the profession.
Aspiring Solicitors targets undergraduate and postgraduate aspiring solicitors, and offers:
o One-to-one mock interviews over Skype
o Preparation for an assessment centre
o CV tips
o Application strategy advice
o Application or cover letter review
o Advice on any element of your legal career or aspirations
We work with top city law firms, from Allen & Overy, Freshfields, Norton Rose Fulbright, Dentons, King & Wood Mallesons and loads more to offer our members exclusive and very easily attainable work experience or insight days. We've secured over 600 vacation schemes and training contracts for our members and organised numerous Open Days alongside law firms.
Aspiring Solicitors organises its yearly Commercial Awareness Competition, which helps you to prepare for interviews by building up on your commercial awareness. The deadline to participate in this year’s competition has now passed but you can have a look at what previous participants think about it here
Do consider applying for it next year!
Registration is free and only takes a couple of minutes. You can become an AS member here: https://www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk/