Smarter Futures helps students who participated in Allen & Overy’s Smart Start Experience, which aims to tackle the issues of social mobility and access to the professions by giving students an insight into business.
Smarter Futures provides ongoing one-to-one support by giving students in Year 13 access to a business mentor, with whom they can discuss topics of key importance as they make tough decisions about their future.
Alongside online mentoring, Allen & Overy also organises after school masterclasses where participants can meet their mentors face-to-face.
Since 2010 Smarter Futures has matched over 390 students with business mentors at A&O and its clients. All students participating in Smarter Futures can apply for a Smart Start Star Award (a bursary of £10,500 paid over a three-year degree). Since 2011, A&O has awarded eleven bursaries.