Leading global law firm, Baker McKenzie, has today announced two new maintenance grants for future trainee lawyers in its London office.
As part of its ongoing commitment to improving social mobility within the profession and increasing the diversity of candidates undertaking its training contracts, the Firm's new Baker Boost grant has been introduced to provide additional aid to individuals experiencing financial difficulties.
The grant provides an extra £4,000 to those studying the LPC in addition to the standard maintenance grant supplied by the Firm. Future trainees will be eligible to apply for the Baker Boost grant from three months ahead of starting the LPC, up to their training contract start date. 
In addition to the Baker Boost grant, the Firm has also introduced a new laptop grant, which provides up to £750 to those studying the GDL or LPC in addition to the standard maintenance grant and Baker Boost grant.
Successful applicants can use the laptop grant to cover the cost of any (or a multiple) of the following items:
A laptop (Tablets are not included)
Additional equipment, for example a mouse, keyboard, monitor, cables
Wifi connection/ booster.
Applicants who are not successful in the LPC will not be required to pay back either their Baker Boost or laptop grants.
Baker McKenzie's London Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager, Nicola Willden, commented: "As a firm we recognise that the cost of qualifying as a solicitor could present a financial barrier when entering the profession. We hope that by offering this additional financial support through the Baker Boost and Laptop grants we can support more people to enter the profession who may not have been able to do due to their financial circumstances."
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