The Access Scheme

Why Black Interns Matter

BAME lawyers make up 21% of qualified solicitors in England and Wales, however black people make up only 3% of qualified solicitors.

Black Interns Matter is designed to directly address the underrepresentation of black people in law and provide opportunities and access to those who need it most. “My vision is for 1000 Black interns to have progressed through the programme by the end of 2021, and for law to be accessible to every Black student in the country”. Samuel Clague, CEO & Founder.

We want you to be a part of a wider network and community of like-minded individuals, pulling towards the same end goal of increased representation at the highest levels in law.

We are committed to assisting those without experience and from low income families.

You are helping to change the legal landscape; through your internships you will set an amazing example to aspiring Black Interns.

We will guide you through your internship with career boot camps and skills preparation classes.

How does it work? 

You submit your CV to us and fill out our Black Interns Matter registration form. We will then try to match you with an internship!

What is the entry criteria?

You need to be of black or black/mixed heritage. Unlike some other programmes, you do not need ABB at A level and a 2:1 at university. We welcome applications regardless of age, experience, academic background.

Who will be chosen?

We aim to support as many Black Interns as we can. Our selection process is means tested, as we seek to engage with those who will benefit most from these opportunities.

Where will I be based?

Given the current climate, you may be offered a remote internship or be based at the client’s offices.

What you will receive as an accredited SJP Black Intern

  • Access to career bootcamps and coaching events

  • Access to mentors

  • Business attire for your internship (if required)

  • A daily lunch allowance (if required)

  • A travel allowance (if required)

What it means to be a SJP Black Intern

  • You will be given the opportunity to shine and access organisations you may not have previously been aware of
  • You will have the opportunity to make industry contacts and (we hope) friends within the legal profession
  • You will be part of a fantastic community, we will be here to support you before, during and after your internship
  • You can add the logo to your LinkedIn page and become an SJP Black Interns Matter brand ambassador