32 floors up and with an incredible view across London, Reed Smith’s London Office set the scene for the 2017 Legal Launch Pad Passing Out Ceremony. 

Focusing on nurturing talent from underrepresented target groups, the Legal Launch Pad Programme is now in its ninth year and I am proud to have been part of the class of 2017. From our induction event in January, to training sessions throughout the year, it was clear how much participants had gained from the programme and not just by securing a training contract. Public speaking skills, confidence that we can reach our goals and companionship with others, were all touched upon as key aspects that LLP candidates had achieved through the 9-month programme. Alongside this, we were lucky enough to hear from a variety of speakers from the legal and business world. Furthermore, we gained unrelenting support from our personal mentors, to whom we would also like to extend our thanks for giving their time and support. 

This year’s inspirational keynote address was delivered by Barrister S Chelvan, from No.5 Chambers, before the culmination of a year’s hard work was presented in the form of our certificates.

Many thanks to Andrew Jenkinson, Reed Smith’s Managing Partner, for welcoming us; and to Reed Smith for hosting the 2017 Passing Out Ceremony. Best of luck to the graduating LLP Class of 2017!


Jasmine Rahman

Legal Launch Pad 2017 Graduate



The LLP Passing Out Ceremony was the perfect end to such a great programme. Reed Smith’s offices were amazing and I truly felt welcome there. Although I was excited to be receiving my certificate for successfully completing the LLP Programme, I also felt challenged to keep working harder in my legal career. Hearing from representatives of the sponsor firms, S Chelvan, and Debo Nwauzu, the Founder of the BLD Foundation, encouraged me to continue to work hard and persevere towards achieving my goals. It was also very encouraging to hear that firms on the panel are committed to putting in measures that will help them to increase diversity in their workforce. Overall, I really appreciate the value that the LLP Programme has added to my life both personally and professionally. The experience has truly been invaluable!


Jennifer Harris

Legal Launch Pad 2017 Graduate



Legal Launch Pad Passing Out Ceremony 2017 Full Photo Gallery

Legal Launch Pad Participants Experiences on the Programme: Omar, Kaajal



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