Social Mobility Commission praises CILEx for promoting access to law during Professions Week

On Monday, 21 October, the Rt Hon Baroness Gillian Shepherd, Deputy Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission stressed the need to “look at non-university routes into professions” at the Professions Week launch at the House of Commons. The launch was attended by an audience of professional associations and students, including a group of CILEx Law School students.

The Commission’s recent social mobility report: “State of the Nation 2013: social mobility and child poverty in Great Britain” commends the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) for its flexible entry routes and says: “CILEx continues to provide an important pathway to qualification as a lawyer for those who have not been to university.”

CILEx is one of the founding bodies of the UK’s first Professions Week. Taking place throughout this week, the initiative is a springboard for CILEx to increase awareness of the non-university routes into the legal profession for 14-19-year-olds and careers advisers. The CILEx Law School students attending the event included legal apprentices from DAC Beachcroft, Thomas Eggar and Kennedys and trainee legal executives from Field Fisher Waterhouse. All are high-achieving school leavers who chose to go straight into the workplace rather than study for a degree.

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