As someone who did not know any lawyers growing up, diversity has hugely influenced my choice of law firm when making applications. I am hugely underrepresented in commercial law in this country owing to my race, immigrant family background and state school education.

Joining Aspiring Solicitors has therefore been a crucial element of my success so far. Much like the broader business world, the legal profession operates better when it closely reflects the range of people that it serves. Aspiring Solicitors provided me with an invaluable gateway to the world’s best performing law firms, most importantly, through access to a professional network that I would otherwise have no access to. My participation in the Aspire Programme saw me attend seven open days at different firms, two of which I later interviewed with before being offered a training contract at one of them. The results speak for themselves and I would encourage anyone who identifies with a diversity strand to get involved!

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