Law firm sets up scholarship scheme for school leaversMay 08, 2013
The award offers paid work experience as well as a bursary and is Kimbells Freeth’s way of helping graduates into employment as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.
The successful candidate will be chosen after outlining their interest in the law and how they can make a difference in business and the wider community.
Real estate partner Valerie Warman, who is responsible for assessing the candidates, said: “The Freeth Cartwright group, of which we are part, has a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, and this award is consistent with the aim to put something into the local community.
"We are acutely aware of how difficult it is for law graduates to get a foothold in the profession as trainee positions become more sought after than ever.”
Local schools, including Magdalen College at Brackley, have welcomed the scholarship initiative. They say that any financial support is attractive to students facing the highest cost ever to attend university. The scholarship will also bolster students’ academic credentials.
Tom Redman, a legal trainee at Kimbells Freeth’s office in Milton Keynes, won a scholarship while studying at Aberystwyth University. The annual financial contribution helped particularly with the expense of his text books.
He is pictured discussing the scheme with Magdalen College head girl Calley Measor.
“What I would have found particularly attractive about the Kimbells Freeth scholarship is the work experience element,” said Tom. “It will be invaluable to demonstrate to future employers that you have gained some experience early on within a legal practice.
"The ability to display your own initiative and exhibit a genuine desire to practise law will always help you stand out from the crowd”
Students interested in the scholarship can find out more by visiting www.freethcartwright.co.uk/Working-here
Valerie Warman said: “Being able to demonstrate a point of difference on their CV – such as having won the scholarship and undertaken relevant work experience – should really help the holder of this award.”