We prepare talented students from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds for career success. If you fit into one of our category groups, you may be eligible to receive our support:
Students of black or minority ethnic origin
Students of all ethnicities who meet our social mobility criteria
Students who went to a selective or non-selective state-funded secondary school (i.e. non-fee paying) and satisfy one of the following criteria:
eligible for free school meals or some other form of income-related financial assistance (must specify) or
the first generation of their immediate family to go to university or
have been in care or are in care
If none of the circumstances above apply to you, but you come from a background that has put you at a significant disadvantage, you will have the opportunity to tell us about this on your application form. We may need to ask you for other relevant information to be able to consider your application.
All of the information you provide will be treated confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.
This is for your guidance only as requirements may vary depending on industry or business area. If you are an undergraduate, we would generally expect you to be on track for a 2.1. Please note that to apply to the City Solicitors Horizons programme you must be in your first year of an undergraduate degree. For Technology roles, proficiency in C++/JAVA/C# is beneficial.
Please select the program you are interested in to determine your eligbility:
We treat each applicant as an individual. If you have experienced mitigating circumstances during your studies that significantly affected your academic performance, you can still apply but it’s important that you make us aware of this in your application.
Please highlight your grades within the context of your school’s overall performance. If your grades were significantly better in comparison, please include this on your CV. Examples of how you could do this would be: “achieved highest GCSE grades within my year group” or “ranked first in my class” or “rank: 10/120 (Top 10%)”.
This is for your guidance only as the selection process to become an SEO candidate may vary slightly from programme to programme.
We support candidates in all years of study, reading any degree discipline, who come from black, minority ethnic or low socio-economic backgrounds.
We also support graduates. For most programmes this will mean those who have graduated within the last two years.
The Corporate Law Programme will accept any eligible graduates, regardless of their year of graduation.
For help when completing your application, you can use our Application Guide.
Once you submit your application and are awaiting our response, please continue to monitor your junk email folder to ensure our response hasn’t been directed there.
If you are applying to the Corporate Law Programme you should ideally:
Have AAB/340 UCAS points not including General Studies, at A-Level (or equivalent).
Be on course for or have achieved a 2.1 (or equivalent) at university.
Law and non-law undergraduates
We know that, if you are applying to the First Year Programme, you may not have your university grades yet (e.g. if you are about to start your degree). However, you should include your A-Level grades (or equivalent) on your application.
If you are applying to the Vacation Scheme & Training Contract Programme, we will require your A-Level grades (or equivalent) in addition to all module grades for university exams you have taken.
For the Corporate Law CV Guide & Template please click here.
What we do at SEO changes life chances. When our young people start successful career journeys, they inspire others and access economic opportunities. They contribute to a world where ethnic and socioeconomic diversity is celebrated as a central pillar of the workplace.
The giving back ethos of our alumni, candidates and supporters keeps our programmes flourishing. We’re grateful to all of you that contribute your gifts in so many ways.