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The First Headstart programme is targeted at students from ethnic minority backgrounds in their first year (law degree) and second year (non-law) at university based in the UK. 

Why Are We running the First Headstart Programme?

Provide insight into what students should be doing to prepare themselves for a career in law, including.

  • Practical introduction to commercial awareness
  • An insight to different routes to the legal profession
  • Participation in career development exercises
  • Work shadowing
  • Making the most of networking – professionally approaching lawyers
  • Provide hints and tips on vacation scheme applications and interviews
  • Provide advice from recent graduates and trainees

Aims of the First Headstart Programme

The aim of the First Headstart programme is to:

  • Educate and inform about what the legal profession has to offer and the available wide-ranging opportunities.
  • To provide work shadowing and networking experience.


What We Offer on the First Headstart Programme

The programme consists of a 1 day interactive workshop (taking place on the 5th July, in London), with sessions delivered by experienced lawyers and graduate recruitment personnel currently working within the legal industry. It will be like attending an open day with several firms at once. There is also the potential opportunity to visit selected law firms for work shadowing. 

To read what last years participants, Taj Tyagi and Tarnpreet Kaur had to say about the First Headstart programme. Click here.

To hear what our 2014 First Headstart participants had to say about the programme, click here.

Companies that will be represented at the training and networking workshop include Sidley Austin, Baker McKenzie, Barclays, DAC Beachcroft, Government Legal Service (GLS), No5 Chambers, Pinsent Masons, Vodafone and Shoosmiths. There will also be some work shadowing in the summer with Sidley Austin.


Applications must be submitted by 24th June and places will be offered on a rolling basis, so it is important to apply early to increase your chances of success. 

Click here to apply for the First Headstart Programme.

Contact Us

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