Caroline Court, partner at law firm Davidson Chalmers in Edinburgh, was joined by two Lawscot Foundation students, Demi and Alisha, to launch this year’s BaubleFest campaign, which aims to raise vital funds to support law students from less advantaged backgrounds and drive fair and equal access to the legal profession.
The Scottish charity set up by the Law Society of Scotland in 2016, which supports the next generation of solicitors, is currently helping fund 17 students through their law degree. For every donation made during BaubleFest (3 – 21 December), a bauble featuring the name of generous individuals or organisations will be added to the Law Society of Scotland’s Christmas tree. The star on the tree will be awarded to the individual, firm or organisation that takes the best #BaubleFest selfie and tweets it to @LawscotCharity.
Demi, who is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh, is one of the inspiring individuals studying law today as a direct result of her own perseverance and talent. Despite very challenging circumstances she has achieved outstanding academic success.
Demi said: “I’m so grateful for all of the support the profession has shown the Lawscot Foundation, thanks to their help I was able to start studying law. I am inspired to help those who are in a similar position to me.
“In 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.”
Supporter of the Foundation, Caroline Court, added: “I support the Foundation because it’s important that the profession remains open to all, regardless of background and financial circumstances. The work they do is much needed and will help ensure that the profession remains diverse and inclusive.”
Heather McKendrick, head of careers and outreach at the Law Society, said: “We’re asking people to help us to support the next generation of Scottish solicitors by sponsoring a bauble on our Christmas tree. The money donated will go towards funding the legal education of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We want to offer bursaries to as many people and we’ve seen a great deal of enthusiasm within the profession. We hope that our members will continue to help us ensure there is a lasting legacy for the next generation of Scottish solicitors.”
Anyone who would like to donate to the Lawscot Foundation BaubleFest should head over to our donate page.