ABOUT THE LORD EDMUND-DAVIES LEGAL EDUCATION TRUST
“His career gave the lie to the myth, much propagated today in some quarters, that such a career is only possible for those of an upper middle-class background followed by public school and Oxbridge education.” ~ Lord Roskill on the career of Lord Edmund-Davies.
Lord Edmund-Davies (July 1906 - December 1992) was one of the most respected lawyers and judges of the last century. LEDLET was founded in his name, with the blessing of his family, for exactly the reason highlighted by Lord Roskill in the tribute above.
Lord Edmund-Davies began his education at Mountain Ash Grammar School in South Wales, a bright, hardworking and normal schoolboy. He ended his career some sixty years later in the House of Lords, one of the most distinguished judges of his generation. Throughout that time, he never lost touch with Wales, and contributed extensively to Welsh life.
He did not come from a family of lawyers. He did not come from a wealthy background. On the contrary, ambition, ability, hard work and scholarships were what gave Herbert Edmund Davies from Mountain Ash his start in the law.
The ambition, the ability and the hard work were his own; the scholarships – the opportunities - were provided by others.
LEDLET was established in March 2013. Ambition and ability are what we aim to help develop and, to that end, opportunities are what we have been tasked to provide to the young people of Wales.
It does not matter whether you do not know a lawyer, or do not even know what exactly lawyers do. In fact, if either of those apply, you are certainly one of the people we particularly want to help. LEDLET is here to help everybody; not just those who already have their heart set on a career in the law.
One of LEDLET’s main aims is to encourage young people to ‘Aim High’ and to continue ‘giving the lie to the myth’ that a career in the law is only available to a select few. Intelligence, diligence and people skills are, in short, the main qualities that lawyers need. If you think you have, or may have, what it takes, LEDLET is here to reassure you that any sense of ‘not coming from the right background’ should never deter you or stand in your way.
At present, our work is mainly focused on the two following projects:
The LEDLET ‘Aim High’ project
Trustees and other volunteer lawyers attend schools and careers fairs to speak with high-school students about what careers in the law involve and what those students will need to do if they want to pursue one.
The LEDLET Summer Scheme 2017
In the third week of July 2017, ten students who have just completed their first year A level exams will be given the opportunity to spend a week in the heart of legal London learning about what different lawyers do. The Scheme will involve spending a day in a firm of solicitors, a day in a set of barristers’ chambers, and a day sitting in court with a judge. All travel, meals and accommodation will be paid for by LEDLET.
If you are currently in year 12, will be undertaking your first year A level exams in the summer of 2020 and would like to apply to be one of up to ten students in London or Cardiff on the LEDLET Summer Scheme 2020, click here to apply.
Applications for the Scheme are now open and close on 14 February 2020.