Sixth-formers from Wales had a taste of London legal life this week with visits to courts, law firms, barristers’ chambers - and the Law Society. They were taking part in the summer scheme organised by the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET) which gives 17-year-olds contemplating a career in the law opportunity to see first-hand what the profession is like by shadowing solicitors, barristers and a judge.
The visit gives a real insight into life as a legal practitioner in London, says chair Elizabeth Hicks, of London firm Family Law in Partnership. Faegre Drinker, BCLP, Irwin Mitchell, Lewis Silkin, and Wedlake Bell were among the firms hosting students.
The trust, set up in memory of the judge Lord Edmund-Davies (1906 - 1992) aims to encourage young people to aim high and to demolish the myth that a career in the law is only available to a select few. The annual week-long scheme is open to year 12 students up to the age of 18, with all expenses paid by LEDLET.