Ten aspiring solicitors have been awarded a coveted scholarship to complete their studies by the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS).

The DAS aims to help improve social mobility and diversity in the legal profession by supporting people who face social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualifying as a solicitor.

The scheme offers awardees:

  • financial assistance to undertake their Legal Practice Course
  • relevant high-quality work experience
  • a professional mentor
  • networking opportunities

More than 200 aspiring solicitors have been supported by the DAS so far.

DAS awardee Kabir Joshi, who has secured a training contract, said: “Being awarded the DAS scholarship is a huge honour for me and has alleviated the enormous financial burden and the associated stress.

“I intend to study part-time and work full-time, completing my training contract at Wilson Solicitors LLP. Here I will continue working on immigration and public law with a focus on asylum and human trafficking claims.

“Receiving the scholarship feels like an acknowledgment of the hardships I, and others, with difficult life experiences face. I feel like it is a just reward for our commitment and our resilience. I am immensely proud to be a DAS awardee.”

Applications for the next cohort of Diversity Access Scheme awards will open again in February 2020.

The Diversity Access Scheme is sponsored by:

  • RBS
  • BP
  • Withers LLP
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Nottingham Law School
  • BPP Law School
  • The University of Law
  • University of Westminster

Find out more about the Diversity Access Scheme

If you have any questions about the scheme, email Leila Lesan.