Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession
Aspiring Solicitors was established in Autumn 2013 by Chris White, then an Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, in order to widen the pool of talent able to secure training contracts. The primary aim of Aspiring Solicitors is to increase diversity in the legal profession.
What We Do
We work with law firms and legal teams to provide opportunities for aspiring solicitors from diverse backgrounds and to enhance diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. Our programmes for students and graduates include coaching, mentoring, events and competitions.
Since 2014, our diverse members have been offered over 4000+ training contracts and vacation schemes. To find out about how we can help you, please review our ‘Member Services’ section on our website.
By working with our members and our supporting firms and legal teams, we will:
- Provide a free service to our members.
- Assist aspiring solicitors to achieve their potential (whilst managing expectations).
- Share knowledge.
- Collaborate positively (with universities and professionals).
- Develop the positive reputation of the legal profession.
The Aspiring Solicitors Goals
We have three long-term objectives:
- To provide free access, opportunity and assistance to students from underrepresented groups;
- To educate and inform the next generation of the legal profession about the importance of diversity; and
- To promote and encourage diversity from within the profession.
‘Diversity’ has a broad meaning and Aspiring Solicitors is committed to increasing diversity across all underrepresented groups in the profession. Aspiring Solicitors consider “underrepresented” groups to include aspiring solicitors who:
- are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic; and/or
- are educated in a state school non-selective comprehensive (whether in the UK or overseas) and are the first generation in their family to attend university; and/or
- are a refugee; and/or
- are from a low-income household; and/or
- had free school meals from a state school non-selective comprehensive; and/or
- have spent more than 3 months in local authority care; and/or
- are disabled and/or who have and long-term health conditions; and/or
- are LGBTQ+.