Equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal sector
Our goal is for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to have progressed to a genuine meritocracy across all underrepresented groups throughout the UK and Ireland so that Aspiring Solicitors no longer needs to exist.
What we do
We work with law firms and legal teams to provide opportunities for aspiring solicitors from diverse backgrounds and to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. Our programmes for students and graduates include coaching, mentoring, events and competitions.
Since 2013, our diverse members have been offered more than 8,000 training contracts and vacation schemes. To find out how we can help you launch your legal career, visit our member services page.
- Commitment: to our mission and vision, each other, our members, and our partners.
- Unity: we embrace differences and strive for meritocracy to make us stronger together.
- Promote difference: to champion diversity and inclusion at all times.
- Authenticity: we genuinely care about removing discrimination and prejudice and strive to achieve meritocracy.
- Respect: we treat others as we want to be treated ourselves, and positively encourage others to do the same.
- Impatience for change: to ensure positive change and progression with results and action required in the legal profession without delay, whilst unequivocally rejecting discrimination and prejudice in all forms.
‘Diversity’ is a term used to refer to a wide range of different identities and communities. We are committed to offering support across all under-represented groups in the profession, and to truly support equity, inclusion and diversity in the broadest sense. We consider ‘under-represented’ groups to include aspiring solicitors who are:
- socially mobile*
- Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (excluding other white minorities)
- disabled, neurodiverse, and/or have a long term health condition
*Given this is not a defined characteristic in the Equality Act 2010, there are multiple variations of this meaning. Aspiring Solicitors considers this to include (but not limited to) candidates who (i) were eligible for free school meals or pupil premium aged 11-16 due to financial limitations, (ii) were state school comprehensive educated and the first generation of their family to attend university, (iii) spent time in local authority care or (iv) came to this country as a refugee.