Squire Patton Boggs’ Manchester office has once again participated in The Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP), which ran from the 18 – 29 July 2016. The LSMP is a collaboration of law firms, their partner clients, commercial organisations and professional sports clubs in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, who work together to break down barriers, build skills and provide experiences which help bright sixth form students from non-privileged backgrounds to pursue a career in the legal profession.
The ultimate aim of the scheme is to broaden access to the legal profession and develop students’ career aspirations by giving them opportunities across a wide variety of industries to help break down social and psychological barriers that often prevent students from considering a legal career.
The LSMP offers a week’s intensive skills training coupled with work insights with four different in-house teams. A final day is spent with Harlequins, Wasps, Leeds Rhinos or Manchester City FC & Wigan Warriors to learn the key to resilience and achieving goals from their performance coaches. The programme is linked to a week in legal private practice which adheres to the PRIME criteria from which students feed in to the LSMP week.
Squire Patton Boggs Office Managing Partner in Manchester, Rob Elvin, commented: “Our firm has a long history of corporate social responsibility and we were delighted to be able to take part in LSMP once again, having been instrumental in the creation of the Manchester Cluster. It is important to Squire Patton Boggs that we give back to the communities we work in and we are very pleased to be able to offer students at local schools the opportunity to experience life in a global law firm. This scheme is a fantastic example of Manchester’s legal and corporate communities at their best.”
The LSMP is committed to measuring its impact and supporting students long-term through its alumni program. In 2015, 89% of the students said they had a positive opinion of the legal profession after taking part in LSMP and 83% of students said that the programme had increased or significantly increased their confidence. The LSMP aim is to continue to track its impact as its alumni progress into university and the working world.