Last week 40 students from schools in Southwark and Lambeth visited the Practical Law Company's offices in Hatfields for two careers events.
Since 2005 PLC has offered a legal scholarship to a student at a state school in Southwark or Lambeth who studies for a law degree at a UK university.
PLC sponsors the student for four years (a three-year law degree and a one-year legal practice course) paying a total of £12,000.
Last year's scholarship recipient was Eugene Marlin of the City of London Academy who is now studying law at Bournemouth University.
"Being awarded the scholarship has been beneficial as it has helped pay for books and accommodation," said Eugene.
"It has also meant that I am able to take full advantage of the same opportunities offered at university as much as any other student without having to worry about financial restrictions."
The careers events are run alongside its legal scholarship scheme and are intended to offer local students help with their career choices and to prepare them for employment or higher education.
The events are aimed not just at prospective law students but also at those interested in careers in other fields such as information technology, human resources, sales and marketing.
Students from Dunraven School, Lillian Baylis Technology School, Bacon's College and St Saviour's and St Olave's School took part in a number of activities over the two days including sessions on mooting, designing marketing strategies, mock interviews and how to write good CVs and covering letters.
"It is getting more difficult for school leavers to get that all-important first step on the career ladder," said Cllr Peter John.
"Schemes like this from local businesses can offer essential work experience and practical advice that could make all the difference to our young job seekers, which is why Southwark Council is pleased to be showing our support."
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