Frequently Asked Questions

We will endeavor to answer your Frequently Asked Questions. If, however, there is any query that you have but you cannot find the answer below, please contact us.

Our Legal Gateway Scheme provides access to an array of career development opportunities, such as mentoring, workshops, work placements and events. The scheme benefits secondary school, Sixth Form, university students and others considering or pursuing legal careers.

We mean:

•  Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi

•  Asian or Asian British - Indian

•  Asian or Asian British - Pakistani

•  Asian or Asian British - Any other Asian background

•  Black or Black British – African

•  Black or Black British - Caribbean

No, not if you are in your first year. However, those in the third year and beyond can apply. However, do bear in mind that all things being equal preference is given to those in second/penultimate year (Law students) or final year (non-law students) at university. Those in their first year of university should apply to our First Headstart programme.

Our work experience is largely aimed at those in Year 12 with good GCSE grades. However, we are expanding our programmes and please email admin@BLDFoundation.org to find out more.

This is usually from late August/early September and will be listed on the website.

Be prepared for a very packed day that includes meeting the sponsors, some of the mentors, past students on the programme and there will be ample networking opportunities. There will also be various presentation including on career planning, mentoring, what life has been like for other lawyers and much more! It is therefore a condition of your acceptance on the programme that you attend this event, all the training days and your work placement as failure to do so means that your place on the programme will be terminated.

No. This is a BLD Foundation diversity access programme lasting some eight months which is funded by the sponsors. All successful applicants are guaranteed at least one week work placement at international and national law firms as well as various workshops and one-to-one mentoring.  A contribution towards travel costs will be paid, in accordance with BLD Foundation’s published Travel Policy.

The programme requires you to attend some face-to-face events during the course of the year, at least two of which are in London.  Assistance is available towards your travel costs, and in most cases this will cover all of the costs incurred.  If any Legal Launch Pad participants find themselves unable to attend a particular event within the programme due to financial hardship, they are asked to contact BLD in confidence, as further support may be available.

All applications are sifted on receipt and are then short-listed. Before short-listing we can also carry out short telephone interviews. Successful applications will be based on the content of the application, academic attainment, including consistent academic attainment throughout your university degree, along with a clear demonstration of a desire to pursue a career in Law.

Yes. This FAQ, Students’ Briefing and the detailed guidance in the application form    

provide ample guidance.

Please supply an appropriate reference from someone who can verify and support your application and statements. If you are studying, we expect at least an academic reference. However, it is perfectly fine to provide two references.

No. You must send your completed application form and your CV together with other supporting documentation as set out on the application form.

3pm on 15 November 2013. However, bearing in mind the required supporting documentation, you are strongly advised to apply well in plenty of time to avoid missing the closing date as this has happened many times in the past. Please note that applications are processed when received and we do not wait for the closing date and for this reason, we would strongly advice that applications are made as early as possible. We do not consider late applications.

No. You do the programme whilst you are studying.

Yes. This programme should not interfere with your studies apart from the Induction Day and a training day in February and March 2013, which you will already know in advance as these dates are on your application form. Do ensure that you insert all the relevant dates in your diary with a timely reminder.

There may be some limited opportunities for students to undertake a second work placement.  Selection for this will be by application. We shall let you know at the appropriate time during the course of the programme.

We do not wish students to miss any part of their academic courses to attend work placements, so we aim to run them in the university vacations.  In 2008,-2012, we ran placements over the Easter vacation and during the summer vacation. However, please note that as the majority of the placements may sometimes be at Easter, it is therefore critical that you provide your terms dates. For summer placements, priority will usually be given to those who provide genuine and verifiable reasons on the application form why they cannot do an Easter placement.

By BME (Black Minority Ethnic) we mean:

The upper age limit is 30 years old as BLD Foundation’s constitution supports children and young people.

Please visit our website to find out about latest events, news and networking opportunities that will be an invaluable resource. For further information, please email admin@bldfoundation.org.  You may also be invited to special events such as additional workshops that are not on the website. 

There are many opportunities that can assist you.  Please check with your Careers Office to see if there are opportunities for Pro Bono work. Also you could contact such bodies as Citizens Advice Bureau or your local authority and apply to various High Street solicitors practices.

No, the programme may assist you in clarifying those options.


The programme will expose you to different aspects of law within sponsoring law firms, organisations or chambers and this may well assist you to clarify your future direction or options.

No.  However, we would encourage you to answer all questions fully and draw on your wider life experience to support your statements.

No, not if you are in your first year. However, those in the third year and beyond can apply. However, do bear in mind that all things being equal preference is given to those in second/penultimate year (Law students) or final year (non-law students) at university.

We would want proof of education attainment so we will accept transcripts of results.  If it is impossible to confirm attainment, please give detailed reasons why.

Whilst the selection criteria include strong academic results, this is one of the many things we are looking for. Motivation, a clear understanding of the questions, communication skills, attention to detail and understanding of the legal profession and business generally, amongst other things are equally important. 

The Legal Launch Pad programme is primarily targeted at ethnic minority law and non-law students who have a real interest in law and/or pursuing a career in law who are in their second/penultimate year (Law students) or final year (non-law students) at university.

 

Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within society because of their identities as members of groups and without regard to their individual qualities. Social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control, such as race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, or other similar causes not common to individuals who are not socially disadvantaged

 

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Be prepared for a very packed day that includes meeting the sponsors, some of the mentors, past students on the programme and there will be ample networking opportunities. There will also be various presentation including on career planning, mentoring, what life has been like for other lawyers and much more! It is therefore a condition of your acceptance on the programme that you attend this event, all the training days and your work placement as failure to do so means that your place on the programme will be terminated. Again we would reiterate that you do ensure that you insert all the relevant dates in your diary with a timely reminder.

No. This is a BLD Foundation diversity access programme lasting some eight months which is funded by the sponsors. All successful applicants are guaranteed at least one week work placement at international and national law firms as well as various workshops and one-to-one mentoring.  A contribution towards travel costs will be paid, in accordance with BLD Foundation’s published Travel Policy. However, accommodation expenses are made in exceptional circumstances only and prior approval must be sought before incurring such costs.   If any Legal Launch Pad participants find themselves unable to attend a particular event within the programme due to financial hardship, they are asked to contact BLD Foundation in confidence, as further support may be available.

The programme requires you to attend some face-to-face events during the course of the year, at least two of which are in London.  Assistance is available towards your travel costs, and in most cases this will cover all of the costs incurred.  If any Legal Launch Pad participants find themselves unable to attend a particular event within the programme due to financial hardship, they are asked to contact BLD in confidence, as further support may be available.

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