> Update from the Lawyers in Schools team Thursday, 24th September 2015
2014/15 was another very successful year for the Lawyers in Schools programme; over 251 sessions ran and 500 employees volunteered. This means that in 2014/15 1200 students had the opportunity to participate in the Lawyers in Schools programme. This is a fantastic contribution to ensuring that as many young people as possible benefit from a public legal education. (A full Impact Report for 2014/15 will be available in October 2015)
Lawyers in Schools ran in Edinburgh for the first time, pioneered by CMS Cameron McKenna in partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland. The success of this has resulted in CMS expanding the project in to Glasgow with The Weir Group in 2015/16.
This year also saw new partnerships with Travers Smith, Pillsbury, Simmons & Simmons and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities. These sessions proved very popular with both the students and the volunteers and will be continuing in 2015/16.
The Lawyers in Schools programme also successfully ran in Australia and Romania this year; again this is widening our reach and raising awareness of the programme internationally, which is a key part of the growth of the programme, and one we hope will increase over the coming year.
The year ahead
Welcome to The Weir Group and Home Retail Group who will be joining the programme in 2015/16 and widening our regional reach even further.
There are 38 firms, chambers and in-house legal teams signed up to participate in the project in 2015/16 and the Lawyers in Schools team are currently in discussion with all of the partnerships to arrange sessions in schools and to train the lawyers to get ready for going into the classroom.
New team members
The Lawyers in Schools team also welcomes two new members of staff this year.
Alice Scott is the new Project Co-ordinator and will primarily be looking after the London partnerships. Alice comes from a legal background and has just completed the Bar Professional Training Course. Alice can be contacted at email@example.com or 0207 566 5038.
Dorothy Spencer is the new Project Manager and will be overseeing the regional and London partnerships and seeking to develop new regional links. Dorothy is a qualified secondary MFL teacher. Dorothy can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 566 7757.