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2014

"The firm does lots of advertising - at law fairs, social media and uni/college events, etc. There are also corporate social responsibility schemes aimed at supporting people find employment we assist them with CVs, interview technique, etc."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"We have a programme called 5 STAR Futures, which helps pupils from local schools improve their skills and boost their chances of securing employment. It also encourages those students who may not have considered a career in law to do so. The trainees are also involved in various mentoring programmes where we share our experiences and mentor students."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"We do a lot of work with schools in the area to raise our profile, as well as helping and inspiring the children. The firm does not discriminate based upon the school you went to. It doesn't matter; if you have the grades and the right attitude you are in with a good chance."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"DWF undertakes mentoring schemes and training sessions in schools to encourage pupils to enter a career in law."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"We set up the 5 STAR Futures programme where volunteers in every office location attend a local school in their area and give a series of workshops. We run a MentorMe Scheme where a number of the mentees are put forward for vacation schemes and training contracts."
Second year trainee, Birmingham

2013

"Involvement in initiatives with local schools and mentoring programmes with college students from less privileged backgrounds."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Set up paralegal academy to allow school leavers access to a career in law through ILEX route without the need for a degree or LPC qualification."
Newly qualified solicitor, Manchester
"There are a number of schemes that the firm is involved with on a wide scale across the UK to help less privileged students get into a legal career. This in turn attracts applicants to this firm due to its involvement in such schemes."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I know that the firm encourages progression from within - there are several secretaries/paralegals/legal executives who have been supported by the firm through further education and have been given traineeships/jobs thereafter."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"Not many people at DWF are from your privileged background. The 5 STAR Futures scheme helps those in comprehensive schools make contacts early. In addition we have the paralegal academy which allows people to be trained without the need for them to have a degree."
First year trainee, London
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