15 Oct, 2012

Over 150 volunteers from 15 top law firms and organisations across Leeds are giving their time to support and participate in this year’s Leeds Legal Education Week.


The volunteers will be visiting 11 schools in deprived areas across Leeds, during 15th – 19th October, to  work with primary school pupils and provide first-hand accounts of working life as well as demonstrating how the skills taught at school can transfer into the workplace.


Leeds Legal Education Week is organised in conjunction with Leeds Ahead, which works with the public and private sectors to foster social and economic regeneration in the city. The aim of the week is to raise aspirations amongst the children and empower them to consider, and develop, their future career ambitions from an early age.


The children will take part in a legal-themed ‘World of Work’ day which will involve the volunteers highlighting the wide and varied roles that exist in a modern law firm and explaining some of the basic principles of business and how the law plays a key role in the business environment.


To bring these concepts to life the pupils will work at designing a new product to sell to their chosen market. The children will design a poster advert and a storyboard for a TV advertisement and present their ideas to a judging panel made up of volunteers and school staff.


The day hopes to expand the students’ understanding of the opportunities which the business community can offer, in a fun and engaging way through interaction with positive working role models.


Rosemary Edwards, Director of Leeds Legal and Partner at Shulmans, said: “Education Week is now in its sixth year and the support from the law firms has once again been phenomenal.


“It is fantastic to be a part of a project which helps  improve the potential of young people as employable individuals for  the future. Education Week continues to be a great example of how the city’s legal profession is working together to give something back to the community.”


Sally Wright, Business, Skills and Education Manager of Leeds Ahead, added: “Once again, we’re delighted to be playing a pivotal role in this project. With the continued support of key law firms in Leeds, we know we can drive up the aspirations and ambitions of young people. Leeds Legal Education Week is an ideal opportunity to encourage primary school pupils from some of the most deprived areas to aim high as they continue their education.”


This year’s participating law firms and organisations are; Pinsent Masons, Blacks, Clarion, DLA Piper, DWF, Eversheds, Gordons, Leeds City Council, Levis, Lupton Fawcett, Pharos, Shulmans, Simpson Millar, Stewarts Law, Walker Morris.

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