Leading Chambers Team Up To Launch New Diversity Mentoring Scheme

A group of top planning and public law chambers have teamed up to help improve access to the legal profession through a new diversity mentoring scheme.

The scheme was launched in partnership with the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA) and will work to encourage university students from underrepresented backgrounds to consider careers as barristers. 

Field Court, Cornerstone Barristers, Francis Taylor Building, Kings Chambers, and Landmark Chambers will all provide mentorship to students, advising on the process of successfully becoming a barrister, especially one that specialises in planning, property, and public law. 

Candidates will receive one-to-one meetings with their mentor as well as a workshop on applications for pupillage, and the opportunity to attend social events with their mentors and other students on the programme. 

The scheme is scheduled to run between October this year and June 2022. Applications will open midday on 8 October, with all undergraduates and postgraduates from underrepresented backgrounds, who are yet to secure pupillage, welcome to apply. This may include women, LGBTQ+ people, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, people who spent time in care, people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and people who attended a state school. 

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