Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Law launches a new solicitor mentoring scheme

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Oxford Brookes Law School has recently set up a new mentoring scheme to give current undergraduate students the opportunity to gain insight and experience into the world of legal practice. Working in conjunction with Blake Morgan, one of the UK’s leading Law firms, this programme will involve legal staff acting as mentors for Oxford Brookes students. The mentors will provide guidance on anything from discussions on areas of practice, CVs, application forms, application strategy and interview preparation through to wider career management issues.

"The new Blake Morgan Mentoring Scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for our law students to obtain guidance and support from lawyers in a leading law firm." Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer and Project coordinator

The scheme will specifically focus on offering mentors to those students who do not have existing links into, or experience of, the legal profession. 3 rd year LLB student Natalia Cabezuelo Martos is taking part in the scheme and hopes to study the LPC in London once graduating before becoming a solicitor, specialising in either Commercial, Financial or International Trade Law. Speaking about the scheme she said: “I hope I can get some first-hand information on what the day to day life of a solicitor is like, as well as gain advice on applying to training contracts and vacation schemes. Moreover I hope that having this experience on my CV will enhance my chances of getting some more relevant work experience.” Speaking about the launch of the new scheme, Mark O’Brien, Head of the School of Law said: “We are really delighted that we have been able to offer our students such a comprehensive and genuinely enriching experience as they navigate the competitive path of entry in to the legal profession. This is quite a large scale mentoring venture, and permeates all aspects of the firm. We hope this opportunity will be a useful 'first step' for our students and assist them in developing their professional networks, and gaining 'real world' insight into life in practice.” Information about studying for the LLB at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Law webpages.