The programme is supported by 18 leading law firms:
Supporting organisations include:
THE CITY OF LONDON SOLICITORS’ COMPANY
CITY SOLICITORS EDUCATIONAL TRUST (CSET)
THE LEGAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION (TLEF)
THE CITY OF LONDON LAW SOCIETY (CLLS)
CITY SOLICITORS HORIZONS
ABOUT THE CSH PROGRAMME
The City Solicitors Horizons (CS Horizons) programme, a social mobility initiative to improve access to the legal profession for undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds, was launched in during the 2015/2016 academic year. The initiative is run and delivered by SEO London on behalf of the City of London Solicitors’ Company, City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET) and The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF), with the support of the City of London Law Society (CLLS) and leading law firms.
CS Horizons recruits 50 students each year to participate in a programme that will support them over a three year period, from their first year at university to graduation.
CS Horizons works with the students who join the programme in the following ways:
Work experience placements
We offer training which is designed to significantly improve the students’ skills and equip them for their chosen law career.
We also provide support for students who are preparing for vacation schemes and training contracts by providing assistance with applications, interviews and assessment centres.
Students will be provided with a mentor who is a lawyer at one of our leading sponsor firms.
The mentors will offer regular support though either face-to-face meetings or over email.
Mentors have helped students by giving general careers advice and advice related to making applications for vacation schemes and training contracts.
We provide excellent work experience placements at one of our sponsors firms. A week long placement is offered each year that the students are involved in the scheme.
During the work experience placements the students get involved in live matters and get valuable experience and training from the firms.
For many students, the work experience placement enables them to impress law firms which can assist in securing a training contract.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS FROM THE 2015 PROGRAMME
“Being a part of the CS Horizons programme has made me confirm my aspirations of pursuing a career in law. I would recommend the programme to anyone, it has given me tips about applications that I would not have known otherwise and gave me a better understanding about becoming a commercial lawyer in the city overall.”
“Thank you for developing such an in depth scheme to help us with all aspects of applying to work in the City.”
“I have had the opportunity to attend workshops on presentation, commercial awareness and CV building workshops. I also managed to complete a week-long work experience at Pinsent Masons and have had a productive relationship with a personal mentor. I’m looking forward to commencing the second year of the programme and certainly feel in a much stronger position to pursue vacation schemes and training contracts.”
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2015 PROGRAMME
The 2015/2016 class attended three days of training hosted by Macfarlanes, Baker & McKenzie and Addleshaw Goddard in the summer of 2016. The training focused on ensuring the students have a better understanding of the legal career paths available to them with a specific focus on commercial law because 94% of the class identified a preference for a career in commercial.
Training sessions included:
- an introduction to city law
- commercial awareness
- application & interview training by Hason Sandhu, SEO
- commercial case study
- networking & presentation skills
All 50 students were given a mentor from one of our sponsor firms. The students from the 2015/2016 class found their mentoring to be a very positive experience with many benefitting from their front line knowledge and others utilising their mentors who offered to review vacation scheme applications.
All students were offered a one week work experience placement at a partner firm. Students were given the opportunity to join a practice area within the firm and given real work to complete as well as an opportunity to shadow a lawyers. The 2015/2016 class will be given another week long placement during their second year of the CS Horizons scheme.
If you would like to apply to join the 2016/2017 class you
- Must have been educated at a state funded (non-fee paying selective or non-selective) school; and either:
- be of the first generation of your immediate family to attend university; or
- have been eligible for free school meals or some other form of income-related financial assistance; or
- have been in care/is a care leaver; or
- If none of the circumstances above apply to you, but you come from a background that has put you at a significant disadvantage, you will have the opportunity to tell us about this on your application form. We may need to ask you for other relevant information to be able to consider your application.
- Be committed at this stage of your university course to joining the legal profession; and
- Have, in the judgement of your university, a strong potential to succeed academically.
- You must also study at a university based in London or the south east of England (please see FAQs for more details.)
Anyone who has already gained a training contract or has been selected for Pathways Plus is not eligible to apply.
Candidates must have at least ABB/320 UCAS points excluding General Studies at A-Level (or equivalent)*.
Candidates must be in either:
- their first year of a law or non-law degree at university; or
- be in the penultimate year of a non- law degree at university with the intention of completing a post-graduate course or the Graduate Diploma in Law; or
- be in the second year of a four year degree at university.
*If you have not achieved the specified grade due to mitigating circumstances you may still apply if you provide an explanation.
The selection process involves:
- CV screening
- Academic reference
We will contact candidates once we have reviewed their application, as soon as possible post submission.
HOW TO APPLY
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Please visit http://csh.seolondon-careers.com/ to apply. If you have already applied to SEO London you will still need to apply to the CS Horizons programme.
The applications will close on 29 January 2017 but will be reviewed on a rolling basis so those interested in applying are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Places will be confirmed in January/February 2017.
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