National business law firm DWF has joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton to set up a mentor scheme to provide career guidance to final year law students.
The programme will be a unique opportunity for undergraduates and LPC students about to embark on a legal career to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the DWF team based at the firm's Birmingham office.
Over a period of four months, students will be able to meet with their mentor on a monthly basis to seek career advice, receive guidance on training contract selection and gain a better understanding of the legal profession.
The scheme was developed by DWF lawyer, Simon Price, and Wolverhampton Law School to give students the chance to engage with local legal practitioners on a one-to-one basis, and enable experienced lawyers to make a real difference to legal graduates at the start of their career.
"As a firm, we believe strongly in guiding the next generation of legal professionals to help them reach their full potential as they come to the end of their studies and enter the competitive legal job market," Simon commented.
Caroline Coates, executive partner at DWF's Birmingham office, added: "Supporting the community in which we operate is incredibly important to us and we already run several joint initiatives with education institutions across the UK, including our innovative 5 STAR Futures development programme for secondary school pupils. We are committed to nurturing young talent by sharing our knowledge and look forward to collaborating with the University of Wolverhampton on this mentor scheme."
Chris Umfreville, senior lecturer and careers tutor at Wolverhampton Law School, said: "As our final year students prepare to begin a career in commercial legal practice, meeting local legal professionals is an ideal way to give them a taste of what lies ahead and map out the next step in their career path, helping them to make the transition from university to the world of work."
The programme was launched with a drinks reception for mentors, students and university staff at DWF's Birmingham office on Wednesday 22 January 2014.