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Law firms put up £750,000 towards graduate scheme

Published: Tuesday, 27 November 2007   Category: Law

A selection of London's leading law firms has put forward £750,000 to help persuade a wider range of graduates from different universities to choose careers in law, reports legalweek.com.

The firms, all members of the City Solicitors Educational Trust (CSET), will try and encourage students from different backgrounds to attend a school based in London's Imperial College.

Geoffrey Green, senior partner of one of the firms, Ashurst, said: "There is a real untapped source of intelligent people at new universities who we simply do not get to see. We need to change this, the main challenge is to get these people to put the likes of Allen and Overy and Linklaters on their shopping lists in the first place."

The school will consist of a week long residential course and there are 1,000 applicants expected for the 100 places.

Meanwhile, a study has shown that a third of graduates do not get jobs that need a degree.

The research, by Kent University, shows that graduates from former polytechnics in particular are struggling to find degree-level employment.

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