Leaders Unlocked is working with leading law firm Hickman and Rose to offer unique opportunities for young adults from non-traditional groups to gain valuable experience in the legal sector.
Lead Yourself to Law is a project that has been co-produced with young adults themselves. The project comprises of the following elements:
Work placements: Each year, a group of young adults are selected to take part on week-long work placements at the firm. These individuals are carefully selected on the basis of their interests and matched with an appropriate supervisor.
Mentoring: Participants receive one-to-one mentoring for at least 6 months with a professional from the firm. The structure for the mentoring has been devised with input from the young people, and the mentors are matched to the interests and aspirations of the mentees.
Taster Day: Each year, a group of 20 young people are recruited from London colleges to come to a Taster Day at the offices of Hickman and Rose. This day is designed by young adults to ensure that it addresses their needs. It features a range of elements such as career talks from different members of the firm, CV building, mock interviews, networking, tips for applying to university or training schemes.
"Leaders Unlocked has become a really critical partner. The great thing about it is the peer-to-peer aspect and the way the young people use their networks to reach out to a large number of young people. The reach has been phenomenal - across schools, colleges, hostels. We have dealt with many difficult issues, from stop and search to knife crime."