DWF Mentoring Scheme

The University of Wolverhampton and international law firm DWF LLP have joined forces to provide law students with the opportunity to receive careers guidance from mentors working in commercial legal practice.

This is a unique opportunity for our students to engage with legal practitioners on a one-to-one basis and obtain guidance and advice on their individual career paths.

The mentoring scheme will be running again in the new academic year.


DWF Mentoring Scheme deadline extended

Applications to be submitted by 11pm on Sunday 8 November 2015

DWF LLP has generously offered to expand the Mentoring Scheme this year. As a result, there are still a few places up for grabs on this year's scheme.

DWF LLP is a full service commercial law firm, advising clients on areas including Mergers and Acquisitions, Dispute Management, Business Restructuring, Employment, Property Development and Intellectual Property. More information about the firm and its services can be found on its website, www.dwf.co.uk.

If you are interested in a career in these or related areas, then this scheme is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain unrivalled insight into the life of a commercial lawyer, as well as one-to-one careers guidance from practising legal professionals. If you are interested in becoming a commercial lawyer, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on.

The DWF Mentoring Scheme will run from November 2015 through to May 2016. Anyone interested in taking part can apply by submitting a covering letter and CV by 11pm on Sunday 8 November 2015. More details about the DWF Mentoring Scheme and the application process can be found below. Please note that we will not be able to accept any applications submitted after the extended closing deadline.

DWF Mentoring Scheme

For the third year running, the University is teaming up with national law firm DWF LLP to offer students an unrivalled insight into the life of a commercial lawyer as well as one-to-one careers guidance from practising legal professionals. If you are interested in becoming a commercial lawyer, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on.

The DWF Mentoring Scheme is open to all final year undergraduate law students, LPC students and CPE LLM students. There are limited spaces on the DWF Mentoring Scheme, which will run from November 2015 through to May 2016. You will have the opportunity to meet with a mentor between four and six times in or around DWF’s offices in Birmingham city centre during this time.

If you are interested in being part of the DWF Mentoring Scheme then you will need to submit an application consisting of:

A short letter of no more than 250 words explaining why you want to be a commercial lawyer; and a copy of your CV

Applications must be sent to c.umfreville@wlv.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 30 October 2015.  (See above - deadline extended to Sunday 8 November). Any applications received after this time will not be considered. Final decisions will be made by DWF.

Please note that this is not an opportunity for work experience or a short cut to a job with DWF, but rather the privileged opportunity for you to receive expert careers advice from current practitioners

All successful applicants will need to be available to attend a launch event at the offices of DWF LLP in the early evening of Wednesday 25 November 2015. Further details of this event will be provided to successful applicants.

If you have any questions about your CVs and how to write a covering letter, you should contact the Careers Service in MD Corridor.


The University of Wolverhampton’s Law School is partnering with national law firm DWF, for the second year running, to mentor future lawyers.

The mentoring scheme will provide an opportunity for final year undergraduates and LPC students to gain guidance and advice from local professionals as they look to embark on their legal careers.

Over a six month period, students will meet monthly with their mentor at DWF’s Birmingham office to seek career advice, receive guidance on training contract selection and gain a better understanding of the legal profession.

Chris Umfreville, LPC course leader at Wolverhampton Law School, added: “For students who are preparing to begin their careers in legal practice, having the opportunity to work closely with local professionals is an invaluable resource.

“They have worked hard to gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful as they transition into work, so complementing that with career advice from individuals who have been through the process is an added advantage.

“We saw great results from the scheme last year and look forward to continued success through our partnership with DWF.”

DWF lawyer Simon Price, who developed the scheme, explains that the programme gives students the unique opportunity to engage with local legal practitioners on a one-to-one basis. He said: “We strongly believe in working closely with the next generation of legal professionals to ensure that they have the guidance and confidence they need to achieve their goals after university.

“It’s rewarding for our lawyers to be able to make a real difference to graduates.”

The programme was launched with a drinks reception for mentors, students and university staff at DWF’s Birmingham office on Wednesday 19 November 2014.