The title ‘lawyer’ encompasses a number of different professions. Although they may all work on cases together, barristers, solicitors/legal executives all perform different roles. Each branch of the profession has its own individual route to qualification and each may be attractive to different people for different reasons.
The LEDLET Summer Scheme gives students the opportunity to see first-hand what the legal profession is like from shadowing solicitors, barristers and a judge.
We appreciate that for a profession with different career paths, each with its own twists and turns, it is often difficult for anyone to decide which road to take, let alone for those with no prior connections with the law. It is for that reason that we operate the LEDLET Summer Scheme.
The Summer Scheme is the only opportunity of its kind being offered to students in Wales. Applications for up to ten spaces both in London and Cardiff on the Summer Scheme 2023 will open next year. You must be under 18 years old and at the end of year 12 by the date of the scheme. There is a single application for the scheme, and a preference may be given as to whether you would like to attend the scheme in London or Cardiff.
Applications are open to any year 12 student who is under 18 on the last day of the summer scheme. All applicants must live in Wales or have some connection to Wales, and they must have no lawyers or connections to the legal sector in their family. Applicants should demonstrate intellectual ability (usually 5 A's or more at GCSE, but this is not a decisive factor).
We appreciate that even those students who have lawyers in their family will need guidance on career options and opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge which will assist them in their endeavours to pursue the career of their choice. As such, applications are still welcome and LEDLET will endeavour to provide that guidance by means of the LEDLET mentoring scheme.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must complete an application form, in either English or Welsh. The application form for the summer scheme will be on the website. Applicants must complete the online form and corresponding parent and teacher forms must be completed in support of the application.
Applications for the 2022 scheme have now closed
Applicants should seek to demonstrate a clarity of thought and a high standard of written English or Welsh. Please note there is no need to apply in the language of your school, be it English or Welsh.