Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) are well worth checking out – they are a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving access into the most competitive professions for students from under-represented ethnic minority backgrounds, Law being one of them.
Here’s some blurb from them:
SEO London is a diversity focused charity that every year provides hundreds of outstanding undergraduates from under represented ethnic minority backgrounds the unique opportunity to not only gain direct access to all of the very best graduate employers, but also comprehensive training and mentoring to ensure that exposure leads to graduate opportunities. This support is designed to address the lack of experience many ethnic minorities have in relation to the industries we cover. As a result of our support more than 80% of the 1,850 students that have taken part in the SEO London scheme since 2000 have secured full time graduate positions with partner firms, a success rate far in excess of the industry average.
In addition SEO also provides both first year undergraduates with the opportunity to get early insight into the industries of their choice and also final year students with graduate opportunities. In 2012, SEO will provide more than 750 internships at many of the UK’s best graduate employers, including ALL of the City’s leading investment banks and professional service firms and many top tier law firms, management consultants, multi-national corporate and advertising agencies (more than 35 firms in total).
In 2011, more than 100 students received training and exposure through the SEO London Corporate Law programme and for Summer 2012, 150 places are available for easter and summer vacation placements with partner law firms.
SEO are visiting the City Law Fair later this month – so go and find out more!