5SAH is a proud supporter of the 10,000 Black Interns Scheme.  Last year we signed up to offer Internships to candidates interested in gaining more experience in the legal profession. This year we will be offering two paid Internships and will continue to support the project over the coming years.

We are delighted to have hosted Khaliq Martin this week, our first intern, as part of the 10,000 Black Interns Project.  Khaliq has shadowed Maria Scotland, James Fletcher, Stephanie Coker, and Gary Pons this week as part of our learning program. We are looking forward to hosting Dorcas Baah in September.

What is the 10,000 Black Interns Project?

“10,000 Black Interns seeks to offer 2,000 internships each year for five consecutive years. We have partnered up with firms from 24 different sectors, delivering internships across a range of internal business functions. Each internship offered presents the opportunity to change a life. Each interview offered provides invaluable experience and each training session can genuinely change an individual’s trajectory.”

This is part of our long-term commitment at 5SAH Chambers to create a more diverse and open Bar and Legal profession. This starts with our staff, our barristers, and pupils to help open the profession up. As part of that commitment, we are also working with Bridging the Bar, hosting 11 mini-pupils in 2021 through the initiative, and planning towards wider support in 2022. We are also working closely with the ‘Black Cultural Archives’ (BCA), which includes funding towards an educational project, providing TFL Black History Month Tube Maps and Educational packs to support teachers to deliver learning centred around Black History.  The project has reached selected schools in and around South London. Watch this space on our continued relationship and work with BCA.

How Can I take part in the 10,000 Black Interns Scheme?

Applications for 2023 Internships open in September 2022.  The eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here.