what we currently do...
graduate vacation scheme
As part of our training contract application
process we offer the opportunity to come into the firm for a three
day placement. Two days are spent with a legal team learning
about the work they do, undertaking research tasks and having the
opportunity to really understand what it is like to work in a legal
environment. We try to offer as varied a selection of
placements of possible across all of our locations. We find that
this is an invaluable way of potential trainee solicitors getting
to understand the way the firm works and what kind of firm we
The third day is spent on an assessment day
where candidates will learn more about the firm; undergo
psychometric tests, a formal interview and group/drafting
exercises. The feedback we receive from their supervisor and
the results from all of the assessment day tasks allows us to
assemble a bigger picture of the candidate when deciding whether or
not they will go through to the next stage of the recruitment
For more information, visit our graduate pages.
Pathways to Law
We have been involved with the Pathways to Law
Scheme in conjunction with Southampton University since 2008.
The programme is designed to promote access to the legal profession
for people from state school backgrounds starting with selected
students from Year 11 until completion of their 'A' Level studies
and their entry into university. The students are selected on
the basis of having the necessary academic ability and an interest
in a career in the law. They come from backgrounds where
traditionally few manage to convert this potential and interest
into a career.
The format of our Pathways to Law Programme
includes two seminar days that focus on skills useful when pursuing
a career in law in addition to a day's work experience with one of
our trainee solicitors.
PRIME – increasing access to legal careers
PRIME is a new
initiative that Blake Lapthorn has recently become involved in
along with twenty-two other leading UK law firms. We are one
of the founding members of this profession-wide initiative, which
creates fair access to quality work experience for young people
from less privileged backgrounds. We pledge that each year we will
provide a number of high quality places to young people (Year 9 to
13) from local schools and colleges. This involves:
- at least 30-35 hours of work experience per place
- help in developing key business and personal skills
- showing the range of careers available in a legal profession
both legal and non-legal (such as IT, accounting, HR, and
marketing/business development) and the potential routes into each
For further information about the PRIME initiative, please visit the
PRIME placements are available from Blake Lapthorn's
offices in Oxford and Southampton - for more information about
these, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 023 8085 7265.
want to know more?
If you or your local school are interested in finding out more
about work placements at Blake Lapthorn, please contact us at:
or on 023 8085 7265.