Aspiring Solicitors will use Grad DNA’s cutting-edge psychometric testing and candidate matching features in its programmes, which are committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.
Grad DNA will be used to assess Aspiring Solicitors’ candidates, and the resulting data used to coach them towards their first role in a law firm or legal team.
Aspiring Solicitors works with a diverse range of candidates, including those whose social backgrounds are traditionally under-represented in the profession, for a variety of reasons including educational background, disabilities and sexual orientation.
It has relationships with universities across the UK and helps introduce candidates to more than 30 law firms and legal teams including Freshfields, Hogan Lovells, DLA Piper, King & Wood Mallesons, Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
The use of Grad DNA will give candidates the opportunity to experience the kinds of tests used by large law firms, so they can practice the skills they need and become more comfortable with testing processes.
The assessment information will give Aspiring Solicitors vital information that it can use to help students select which law firms would be best suited to which candidates, helping to increase their chances of finding a position.
Chris White, a qualified solicitor who has a decade’s experience of helping candidates with legal CVs, assessments and interviews, is the founder of Aspiring Solicitors.
He said: “Grad DNA is a perfect match for us because it completely embraces our philosophy of encouraging candidates to learn about themselves so that they are given the best possible opportunities no matter what their background may be.
“The more information we have about candidates, the better placed we are to match them to employers.
“This partnership will provide us with a wealth of data along with the ability to expose candidates to the kinds of assessments they will face in the application process, helping them to secure vacation schemes and training contracts.”
Grad DNA was founded by experienced recruitment professional Stephen Reilly, and is the first app of its kind to use psychometric tests that have been specifically designed for mobile phones.
Stephen (pictured), said: “We are delighted to support Aspiring Solicitors in its mission to increase diversity in the legal profession.
“Grad DNA enables people who are digital natives to take tests on the devices that they are most comfortable with – meaning that the quality of data is vastly superior to that harvested by other methods.
“This is particularly useful to law firms, where it is business critical to have meaningful data that helps them find candidates that best fit the skills profiles they are looking for.”