The Diversity Access Scheme offers assistance with Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees to exceptional individuals who face or have overcome exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor. Obstacles may be of a financial, social, educational or personal nature, or might relate to a disability or chronic health condition that makes the goal of qualifying as a solicitor a particularly challenging one. The scheme also provides successful applicants with work experience and mentoring opportunities. Information about those previously helped by the scheme including a short video can be found on the Diversity Access Scheme page

Applications for 2012/13 academic year have now opened and will close at midday on Friday 30 March 2012. The application form and guidance which contains full information about the criteria and timetable are attached her for ease of reference, and are also available to download from the Junior Lawyers Division funding page.


Law Vacancies For Students With A Disability

EmployAbility is the not-for-profit organisation providing a free service to students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia, long term illnesses or mental health conditions, to ease the transition from education to employment.  They offer support, guidance and advice throughout the recruitment process and beyond from CV and application form writing, disability disclosure and reasonable adjustments to supporting them during their internship or graduate programme. 

They are currently recruiting disabled students/ graduates for the following legal opportunities: 

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with Herbert Smith to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their unique Training Contract, or for those wanting to gain invaluable work experience and an insight into the industry, their excellent Spring or Summer Vacation Scheme.

About Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith LLP is an international legal practice with over 1,400 lawyers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It also has a major focus on emerging markets, including China, India and Russia. This, combined with an alliance with Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe and a network of relationship firms, enables Herbert Smith to provide a seamless, cross-border service on a global level.

Herbert Smith covers over 30 specialist areas of law and is the leading litigation firm in Europe and Asia, and is well known for its merger, acquisition and take-over advice, as well as most forms of financing. Its specialist services include energy, competition, insurance and intellectual property practices.

Herbert Smith Spring & Summer Vacation Scheme 2012

During the scheme you will be exposed to the highest quality contentious and non-contentious work and have an opportunity to sit with a partner or associate in a different practice area each week.  You will be treated as one of the team and given real work for real clients.  In addition, there will be a range of talks, workshops and social events for you to enjoy, which will enable you to get to know people in the firm on an informal basis.Wherever you work within Herbert Smith you’ll find an enjoyable and supportive environment. Their collegiate and non-hierarchical culture means you’ll learn to think creatively, challenge assumptions and take nothing at face value.


Spring Scheme (2 weeks): 26 March to 5 April 2012   APPLY NOW

Summer Scheme (3 weeks): 18 June to 6 July 2012 or 9 July to 27 July 2012   APPLY NOW

Who should apply?  Penultimate year students, finalists and graduates of law and any other degree discipline.

Application deadline:    Wednesday 28 December 2011

Herbert Smith Training Contract 2012 (Intake 2014)

Their two-year training programme provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop skills across a range of practice areas. During your training contract you are likely to spend time in corporate and dispute resolution as well as finance or real estate. Seats are also available in the firm’s specialist practice areas such as the advocacy unit, employment, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, pensions and incentives, and private wealth and charities.  You may also take up one of the many opportunities for pro bono work, including secondments to Liberty – something they actively encourage.

Wherever you find yourself, as a Herbert Smith trainee you’ll be treated as one of the team, working and training alongside some of the world’s best lawyers. You’ll be contributing directly to the success of their clients, some of the best and biggest companies in the world.

Start Date?  March 2014 / September 2014

Who should apply?  Finalists and graduates of law and any other degree discipline

Application deadline:    Wednesday 28 December 2011  APPLY NOW

For all these opportunities please register with EmployAbility or login to your profile, and complete the application online.

Please contact EmployAbility should you require the application form in an alternative format or if you have any questions or require further information regarding the Herbert Smith Vacation Scheme or Training Contract. We can provide additional information about this programme and can give you useful advice and tips on how to make a successful application.