Legal eagles fly into Leeds schools

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Hotshot lawyers from Leeds’s top legal firms will be meeting schoolchildren across the city next week to inspire them in their future careers.

The Leeds Law Society has invited its members to visit primary schools to help raise awareness about job pathways and opportunities open to pupils as part of Leeds Legal Education Week.

Solicitors, barristers and their support staff will be talking to youngsters about the importance of employment and encouraging them to aim high and consider the legal profession.

The Society has organised presentations and themed events with support from social enterprise the Ahead Partnership.

The event has now been running for nine years in inner-city schools.

“The primary purpose of Leeds Legal Education Week is to demonstrate that entry into the legal profession remains accessible to all students,” said Jane MacGregor from Leeds Law Society.

“Reaching out to students who might not have any contact with the working world or with people who work in the legal profession is vital to raising the aspirations of younger students that working in a legal environment is exciting and rewarding.

“Leeds Law Society is thrilled to be working with Ahead Partnership to support this.

“The week is as important to the students as it is to the volunteers who take part,” she added.

The schools involved in the project are Middleton St Mary’s; St Peter’s & Paul’s, Yeadon; Iveson Primary; Seacroft Grange Primary; Swarcliffe Primary; Swinnow Primary; Rothwell Victoria Junior; White Laith Primary; Fieldhead Carr; Raynville Primary; Five Lanes Primary; Parklands Primary and Cobden Primary.