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Welcome to HeadStart

HeadStart is a unique employability programme aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Brought to you by Aspiring Solicitors and BPP University Law School.

Aspiring Solicitors

What is HeadStart?

Law employability workshops, held around the UK.

Focusing on the key stages in your solicitor career journey, learn how to successfully navigate vacation schemes and training contract applications. Gain expert advice from former graduate recruiters, qualified solicitors and trainees.

How do I attend an event? – how to apply

HeadStart is available to all Aspiring Solicitors members who are currently studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level (law or non-law).

  • You must first register with Aspiring Solicitors to receive a username
  • All events are screened, so you will need to apply for your preferred event below
  • Applications are encouraged from groups or backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession

Convert your vacation scheme into a training contract.

Hosted by former legal graduate recruitment managers and vacation scheme supervisors, you will receive constructive advice and guidance.

Future trainees will be on hand to tell you how they made a positive impression, both personally and professionally, on their vacation schemes.

Each event includes interactive panels, a mock assessment centre, and practical exercises to maximise your chances of securing a training contract.

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Want to put yourself in the strongest position to get a Training Contract?

HeadStart into Training Contract Applications provides an insight into how graduate recruiters select candidates for interview and training contracts.

Learn how you can showcase your skills to firms at all stages in the process - from applications, through to interviews and assessment centres.

Through practical application form and interview scenarios, gain genuine insight into the types of assessments and criteria you will encounter, and what you can do in advance to prepare.

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Want to ‘get ahead’ with future vacation scheme applications?

Get honest and constructive advice on how to research and write a strong training contract application.

Learn how to make a positive impression to employers at law fairs and open days, receiving guidance around the recruitment timeline.

Successful students, qualified solicitors and former graduate recruitment managers will be on hand to offer advice. Feedback is given via a phone call to each attendee after the event.

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About Aspiring Solicitors

Aspiring Solicitors offers its members coaching, mentoring, skills workshops, recruitment-focused training, careers support and legal work experience with law firms and in-house legal teams. Its focus is to change the legal profession by increasing diversity and inclusion for all underrepresented groups, most notably BAME candidates, those from low income families and educated at state comprehensive secondary schools, students with a disability or long term health conditions, as well as candidates from the LGBT+ community.

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About BPP University Law School

About BPP University Law School

With over 25 years’ experience in delivering professional legal qualifications, we have proudly earned our place as one of the largest law schools in the UK. We pride ourselves on building and shaping legal careers. Whatever your level of study or whatever your career aspirations, we will develop you into a commercially-focused and highly employable solicitor, barrister or legal professional.

BPP University Law School is proud to be working closely with Aspiring Solicitors, which will give the latter’s members exclusive access to ‘BPP University Law School Aspiring Solicitors Scholarships’. The majority of these scholarships will be awarded to students who are looking to practise in the public, pro bono, voluntary or charities sectors or a local community law firm.

“I am delighted that we are working with Aspiring Solicitors, which continues its great work in promoting careers in law to a wide and diverse range of future lawyers. Aspiring Solicitors provides an invaluable insight into the world of legal practice, truly helping students with their career choices and encouraging individuals to make applications to law firms. The professional education we provide at BPP for the lawyers of the future is highly valued by our students and the firms that we work with.”

Andrew Chadwick, Dean of BPP University Law School

“Aspiring Solicitors is looking forward to working closely with BPP to deliver a unique, co-ordinated and strategic offering to aspiring solicitors through our HeadStart programme, our BPP scholarships and other events. It is great that BPP shares our primary objective of increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and we look forward to increasing this with their support.”

Chris White, Founder of Aspiring Solicitors