The Law Society of Scotland has launched a Christmas campaign for its new charity, the Lawscot Foundation, today, Thursday 24 November.
For every #Baublefest donation made through the Lawscot Foundation Just Giving website or at the Law Society’s Edinburgh office, a new bauble featuring the names of generous individuals or organisations will be added to the Law Society’s Christmas tree.
The Foundation was established earlier this year, following the Law Society’s review of fair access and potential barriers to entering the legal profession in 2014. It will offer financial assistance and mentoring support to students from less advantaged backgrounds to help them as they study at university for a law degree and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
Heather McKendrick, head of careers and outreach at the Law Society, said: “Visitors to the Law Society’s office may be taken aback by our rather bare looking Christmas tree but we hope that won’t last too long! We’re asking people to help us to support the next generation of Scottish solicitors by sponsoring a bauble on our Christmas tree. The money donated will go towards funding the legal education of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We want to offer bursaries to as many people as possible within the first year of launching our charity. There has been a great deal of enthusiasm within the profession and we hope that our members will continue to help us ensure there is a lasting legacy for the next generation of Scottish solicitors.”
Find out more about the Lawscot Foundation at www.lawscotfoundation.org.uk