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News 29th Jan 2020

Freeths Legal Scholarship Scheme to run for the seventh year

The most gifted minds can fail to reach their full potential due to factors outside of their control.

Now in its seventh year, the Legal Scholarship Scheme at Freeths gives aspiring lawyers an invaluable opportunity at the very start of their careers.

Freeths is offering students in the Milton Keynes, Bucks, Beds and Northants area the opportunity to be a part of a scheme which offers the winner a £1000 bursary and paid work experience opportunities. The work experience, which takes place within the Milton Keynes office, allows the winner to gain insight into what the life of a commercial lawyer is really like.

The scheme is particularly aimed at providing opportunities for those wishing to embark on a career in law but who may need some assistance. Freeths, a top ranked UK firm in the Chambers & Partners Legal guide 2020 and included within The Sunday Times list of ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’, and have been featured in The Times, as one of seven firms who best represent diversity in trainee intake from state schools. In 2019, Freeths won the ‘mental health and wellbeing’ at the UK Diversity Legal Awards. These accolades are a testament to the work of the Freeths diversity and inclusion committee. Through the scholarship scheme and numerous university and diversity programmes, Freeths continues advancing towards achieving its vision of becoming a fully inclusive workplace where individuality and diversity are celebrated.Valerie Warman, Partner

Valerie Warman, Partner and Head of Real Estate at Freeths in the Milton Keynes office commented, “when we launched the scheme in 2013 we didn’t know what to expect but we’ve been absolutely delighted by the response we’ve had over the last few years and to see how the scholarship has benefitted students. It has been a great success, helping the next generation of lawyers gain the confidence to pursue a career in law.

There is a lot more to the scheme than a bursary for the winning candidate. We give all the shortlisted candidates a useful session with some of our trainees and legal assistants finding out about careers in the law and a number of the shortlisted candidates have been invited back to complete work experience with us.”

SS 2019 winner Ronald Dadey

2019 winner, Ronald Dadey, former student at Royal Latin School, Buckingham

Tiegan Stratford, former student at Denbigh School in Milton Keynes, joined us for work experience in summer 2019. She commented that the scheme provided “a valuable insight into the legal working environment” and that the team were “very approachable and went out of their way to offer assistance and answer any queries”. Tiegan has since been in regular contact with one of our trainees who has been providing her with advice and guidance. Tiegan has also been invited back to complete a further week of work experience later this year.

Freeths welcome applications from students from Milton Keynes, Beds, Bucks and Northants schools and have already received a number of fantastic submissions. Students from local schools planning to study for a degree in law in September/October 2020 are all encouraged to apply without delay.

For information about the scholarship and how to apply please click here.

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