National legal business DWF has joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton for the third consecutive year to provide career guidance to final year law students. The mentor scheme has been growing year upon year, with the numbers of students being assisted by DWF this year reaching a record high.
The programme is a unique opportunity for undergraduates and LPC students about to embark on a legal career to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the DWF team based at the firm’s Birmingham office.
Over a period of six months, students will be able to meet with their mentor on a monthly basis to seek career advice, receive guidance on training contract selection and gain a better understanding of the legal profession.
The scheme was developed by DWF and University of Wolverhampton to give students the chance to engage with local legal practitioners on a one-to-one basis, and enable experienced lawyers to make a real difference to legal graduates at the start of their career.
"As a firm, we believe strongly in guiding the next generation of legal professionals to help them reach their full potential as they come to the end of their studies and enter the competitive legal job market," Rachel Dabydoyal, senior paralegal and Chair of DWF’s CSR committee commented.
Caroline Coates, executive partner at DWF’s Birmingham office, added: "We work in partnership with educational institutions across the UK to implement a range of initiatives, including our innovative 5 STAR Futures programme, to support young people in the communities in which we operate, We look forward to collaborating with the University of Wolverhampton on this year’s mentor scheme to ensure each student has the guidance and confidence to succeed in their legal careers after university."
Chris Umfreville, LPC course leader at University of Wolverhampton, said: "As our final year students prepare to begin a career in commercial legal practice, meeting local legal professionals is an ideal way to give them a taste of what lies ahead and map out the next step in their career path, helping them to make the transition from university to the world of work."
One of the participants said: "My interest in the scheme stems from the access to a professional from a top UK firm and the opportunity to get guidance not only on training contract applications or careers advice, but also to get an insight into a day in the life of a commercial lawyer. As someone who doesn't have a great network in the legal profession this is also a great networking tool."
The programme was launched with a drinks reception for mentors, students and university staff at DWF’s Birmingham office on Wednesday 25 November 2015.
Pictured above, back row left to right: Stephen Miles, Rachel Lester, Sana Butt, Natalie Osadciw-Louth, Parvez Butt, Charlotte Luton, Alice Broadfield, Oliver Byrne, Aisling McNally, Anthony Ansah, Ismail Patelmama
Front row left to right: Reece Roath, Zainab Muddsar, Babita Mal, Lauren Saville, Manpreet Kaur, Shiba Ghazanfar, Elizabeth Rhodes, Deborah Payne, Aishah Kosar, Rachel Dabydoyal, Nikeeta Mahay