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Diversity Access Scheme (DAS)- Law Society

The Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), offered by the Law Society, is a unique scholarship programme, designed to address key barriers to the solicitors’ profession faced by those from less advantaged backgrounds.

Source: Law Society website

How to apply

Applications for the DAS 2022 closed on 20 April 2022.

Read the application guidance for 2022 (PDF 282 KB) 

If you’re visually impaired and need assistance accessing the application guidance and eligibility criteria, email Leila at [email protected]

Work experience and mentoring

As part of the scheme, we offer you the chance to be matched with a professional mentor and to get work experience during your studies.

We’ll help find a placement in a practice area that interests you. 

We’ll also build formal soft skill support sessions into the DAS next year, including:

  • commercial awareness training
  • advice on interview technique
  • support with training contract applications

The training will be delivered through our careers team and DAS sponsors. 

Find out how the Diversity Access Scheme has helped others

Results of the 2021 scheme

The 2021 application process closed on 25 April 2021. We received 277 applications. We shortlisted 34 applications for interview and made 15 awards.

The report shares insight into the 2021 scheme, including:

  • the application and interview process
  • how DAS was marketed and promoted
  • commentary from our awardees
  • anonymised diversity data of applicants through different stages of the application process

Download our report on the 2021 applications (PDF 645 KB) 

Sponsors of the Scheme

The Diversity Access Scheme benefits from the generous support of the A W Blackwell Bequest and the support of Kingsley Napley in offering the Brandusa Tataru-Marinescu Award for Diversity and Inclusion.