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Foot Anstey LLP, the national law firm, has announced the launch of two new work experience programmes dedicated to activating and accelerating a new generation of lawyers and helping create more diversity in the profession.
The firm's Activate Programme is open to all Year 12 and 13 students, while its Accelerate Programme is aimed at Undergraduate students. Each scheme has 10 places on offer and will take place over 3.5 days in Foot Anstey's offices in Bristol, Exeter and Southampton.
Participants in each programme will gain a valuable insight of what it's like to work in a commercial law firm. They will join one of Foot Anstey's legal teams and benefit from hands-on experience and learn about the day-to-day life of a lawyer and the wider skills needed to be pursue a legal career.
Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a recruitment workshop where Foot Anstey's experts will help them develop key skills, such as CV writing, interviewing, and presenting, which will help the Year 12 and 13s when applying for university and all participants when they seek jobs in the future.
Imam Qazi, Partner at Foot Anstey said: "Gaining some practical experience of a professional working environment is a crucial first step for anyone looking towards a career with a commercial law firm. I am delighted we are able to launch our Activate and Accelerate programmes for ambitious sixth formers and undergraduates.
"I am particularly conscious of the additional barriers faced by students from disadvantaged social backgrounds, so one of the aims of these programmes is to help level the playing field and give a diverse range of talented individuals an opportunity to shine."
Debbie Moors, Early Careers Specialist at Foot Anstey said: "The Activate and Accelerate programmes offer a great opportunity to students located close to our offices. We pride ourselves on helping to nurture future talent future and these programmes are open to all those eligible, irrespective of their background. The programmes will help bolster the amazing talent we have in the South West."
Ellen Marsh, Careers Advisor at Clevedon School said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 and 13 students to gain real life, hands on experience in a successful law firm. It is really encouraging to see firms like Foot Anstey introducing work experience programmes to help develop lawyers of the future."
Foot Anstey will be working with schools located near its office to encourage Year 12 and 13 students to apply to the programme.
To find out more about the Activate Programme and how to apply please visit: Activate your career in law | Foot Anstey and for more information on Foot Anstey's Accelerate Programme visit: Accelerate your career in law | Foot Anstey