The Lawscot Foundation has praised law firm Addleshaw Goddard for renewing its support for students from less-advantaged backgrounds to join its placement scheme and progress towards a solicitor traineeship. 

Addleshaw Goddard is offering additional and customised support to Lawscot Foundation students nearing completion of their studies to apply for its Summer Placement Scheme, including four skill sessions to help them navigate the application process. 

Training contracts are offered to students who successfully complete the scheme and subsequent assessments from Addleshaw Goddard, which is also a Lawscot Foundation financial sponsor helping fund the bursary support for students. 

Successful applicants to the two-week scheme will be allocated to a department at Addleshaw Goddard and supervised by an experienced solicitor. An existing trainee will also be assigned as a 'buddy' to provide support. 

Lawscot Foundation spokesperson Milly Berndes-Cade said: “We’re extremely grateful for the various ways that Addleshaw Goddard supports the Lawscot Foundation and its students. 

Our bursaries are critical in giving less-advantaged students the ability to study law, but it’s equally important that we are providing mentoring, work experience and other opportunities. This is a great example of that additional support. 

Addleshaw Goddard’s Summer Placement Scheme is a golden opportunity for law students wanting to secure a career in the Scottish legal sector. We look forward to seeing more Lawscot Foundation alumni becoming solicitors and contributing to Scotland’s legal sector.” 

Addleshaw Goddard’s Lynsey Walker said: “We are proud to support the Foundation in their efforts towards improving social mobility within the legal profession. 

"We are particularly keen to ensure that our support in this area should go beyond the financial, providing the best talent with an early opportunity to gain experience in a law firm environment and of the graduate recruitment process – regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. A law firm will only be truly diverse and inclusive if its lawyers represent the wider society we live in."