Magic circle trainee’s mentoring programme secures first law school sign-up

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GROW mentoring partners with Coventry Uni to pair students with lawyers

Justin Farrance

A mentoring programme founded by an Instagram savvy trainee solicitor at Allen & Overy has secured its first partnership with a law school.

GROW mentoring matches law students and early career professionals with experienced mentors from the legal profession who share similar backgrounds and experiences.

Under the new deal, Coventry University Law School students will have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor who will be on hand to offer advice and careers insights, as well as provide hints and tips with applications or interviews.

The scheme is the brainchild of Justin Farrance, a magic circle rookie who regularly shares updates with his 6,000+ followers on Instagram. The University of Warwick grad hopes the programme will enhance social mobility and diversity in the legal profession.

Farrance, who runs the programme alongside fellow A&O trainee Natasha Dutton, commented:

“I am delighted to launch our first ever partnership with a university. Having virtually spoken to members of Coventry Law School, I was inspired by their efforts to support their law students and was very happy to launch GROW Coventry University. Mentorship is more important than ever in supporting diverse talent and I can’t wait to hear the progress students make with their career journey.”

GROW says its mentors come from more than 50 law firms, tech giants, large in-house legal teams and chambers, all varying in size, specialism and location. It has connected over 1,200 mentees to their own individual mentor since its launch at the beginning of the pandemic.

Sharan Dhadda, associate lecturer and Coventry Law School’s liaison with GROW, added:

“This initiative is a means to connect aspiring lawyers with legal professionals. It allows students to gain an insight into what working life is truly like and provides them with a direct line with people who have taken a similar path. The driving force behind this programme is to enhance social mobility, diversity and inclusivity in the legal industry. The legal profession can seem somewhat daunting, however GROW helps to minimise that by connecting the two worlds.”

News of the partnership comes just weeks after a 15-strong group of City law firms pledged to provide mentoring and career coaching to aspiring lawyers from disadvantaged backgrounds, through a series of tie-ups with universities including Bradford, Staffordshire, Lincoln, York St John and Liverpool John Moores.

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Will F

How does he have the time to do everything on top of being a MC trainee


Allen and overrrr s**t

He won’t when the workload starts. Another naive careerist who thinks a career in corporate law mimics the lifestyle of an influencer. Look at me I secured a training contract so I can ‘mentor’ everyone else to get one too…

I would support such initiatives IF they were genuine but it hardly seems to be to me…


Former Cov Grad

Wish I had this when I was a student there about 7 years ago. Would’ve helped achieve my dreams rather than giving up because I didn’t know anyone in the industry. More than happy with my current career in travel and hospitality but can’t help but think what could’ve been. Good luck to all involved!



It’s never too late to chase your dreams



Don’t think your lack of contacts had anything to do with it tbh.


BA (Oxon)

Harsh, but fair.


Former Cov Grad

Wtf is an Oxon?


Top bantz. But “happy with my current career in travel and hospitality” in 2020-2021 reality is too much of a give away that you are a troll.


I had no idea there was a university in Coventry.



Probably located in the ruins of the Coventry Cathedral. I always knew that they would make something good out of it.



Warwick University is in Coventry



Why not have a mentoring/social mobility scheme to equip people to join US firms as trainees. “PE and funds bootcamp: how to make it as a trainee at [ ]”.



Justin is actually a Management grad from Warwick. He is a genuinely lovely guy btw who is incredibly hard working as well and did amazing things for the LawSoc as President.


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