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Law Society Summer School Provides Legal Inspiration to Underprivileged Students

Nearly 100 less-advantaged students have shown their ambition to join the legal profession by taking part in a four-day virtual summer school organized by the Law Society of Scotland.

Pupils in classes S3 to S6 and a number of college students logged on to take part in the sessions which took place over four days from Monday to Thursday.

A wide range of speakers and topics were on the program, such as presentations by Law Society President Murray Etherington and Law Society Executive Director Diane McGiffen.

Mr. Etherington said: “This year’s summer school program was once again a resounding success. I was delighted to see so many young people getting involved with such enthusiasm and I am sure many will be future members of our legal profession.

“This event has grown rapidly, highlighting the strong interest from young people and those who have volunteered their time on our panels. In its first year in 2017 we barely hit double figures, with 12 students attending, whereas this year we came very close to hitting triple figures for the first time.

“We were initially disappointed to have to move the summer school online in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but have now decided to make it a permanent feature. An online program makes these sessions accessible to pupils across Scotland.

“Engaging pupils from less advantaged backgrounds is an important part of our work to diversify the legal profession, so that it can better reflect and serve all communities in Scotland. The caliber of pupils on display this week bodes well for a bright future for the profession.

“This week is by no means the end of the story. We will strive to further encourage these bright students to study law and provide other support as appropriate, for example through the scholarships we offer through the Lawscot Foundation.