Undergraduate student Diallo Williams has been awarded a scholarship on the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme. The scheme, established by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2013 with support from Doreen Lawrence, aims to address the disproportionate under-representation in large commercial law firms and other careers in the City of London of Black men from less socially mobile backgrounds, by creating access to opportunities.
Scholars in the scheme participate in a 15-month development programme, which includes skills workshops, interview coaching, networking, mentoring, support with job applications and careers advice. They also receive work shadowing at the firm and a guaranteed interview for a training contract.
On receiving the scholarship, Diallo commented:
I’m really excited to be a Freshfields scholar. The assessment centre was really fun and not like anything I’ve experienced before and I’m sure the next year or so with Freshfields will be the same. I’m looking forward to being mentored as I feel this will beneficial to me, in both my career and in life in general. Above all, I’m most looking forward to working on a project with ambitious, like-minded people as I feel that it will be something I will be able to learn a lot from.
First reported by the Faculty of Law.