Academically gifted students from less-advantaged backgrounds in Scotland will benefit from a new Lawscot Foundation sponsorship which will help young people change the course of their lives and pursue their dream career in the law.
Major Scottish law firm Burness Paull has donated £5,000 to the social mobility charity, which will fund two Lawscot Foundation recipients’ bursaries for a year.
The students supported by the charity have been through unimaginable challenges in life with many being care-experienced, young-carers or from exceptionally low-income backgrounds. Demi was inspired to study law as a direct consequence of the challenges she faced when growing up. She said, “The Lawscot Foundation gave me the support I needed to start studying law. Without it I would not be able to afford to study and realise my dream of becoming a solicitor.
“During my first year of uni the funding I received from the Foundation allowed me to live away from home, which let me fully experience university life, and gain my own space and independence, which I wouldn’t have had otherwise. With the life-changing support the Lawscot Foundation has given me, I will be able to achieve my goals. I am so grateful for the charity’s support.”
Sarah Phillips at Burness Paull said, “A person’s financial and personal circumstances should not prevent them from being our lawyers of tomorrow. The Lawscot Foundation’s annual bursary goes a long way in giving students greater financial stability to allow them to pursue their chosen career.
“Burness Paull is committed to ensuring we attract the best talent to be our future solicitors, and we need to make sure that young people have the opportunity to get their careers off the ground. The Lawscot Foundation plays such an important role in promoting and enabling social mobility, and we are proud to be able to support that goal.
“We are also very excited to offer career development opportunities to those future lawyers by working closely with the Lawscot Foundation students, giving them valuable employability skills and an insight into what it’s like to work for a leading independent firm".
Olivia Moore from Lawscot Foundation said, “We are absolutely thrilled that our colleagues at Burness Paull have agreed to become gold sponsors of the Lawscot Foundation.
“We believe that access to a legal career should be based on ability rather than financial circumstances and we rely on the support and generosity of the profession to remove financial barriers.”