Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
As the university’s main Law Society on campus, we are committed to providing services catered to a diverse pool of future lawyers, endeavouring to create a future which is inclusive of BAME, LGBT+, and disabled individuals. We understand that diversity is not solely about race or culture but more broadly age, gender, physical qualities, sexual orientation, parental income, educational history, religious beliefs, military experience, and parental & marital status; this nuance has been self-evident to us making “inclusion” the catchword for the Society since day one.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
We invited Saleem Kidwai OBE, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, to speak during Islamophobia Awareness Month.
The City Students’ Union Law Society is committed to 50/50 gender representation on its projects. This year we are creating a new Bar Society Committee; a new “Ambassadors” initiative, in which Yasemin Kaya (an Aspiring Solicitors Campus Ambassador) has been featured; a “Future Trainee Events” series in which future trainees talk about obtaining their training contracts candidly. The Law Society boasts the annual publication of City’s sole student-led publication of legal scholarship stored at the British Library; the Law Review’s Editorial Board is led by a BAME woman and has further BAME and LBGT+ representation. The project allows City students their first foray into legal scholarship “through keeping writers at a minimum of 50/50 gender representation, the Journal routinely produces pieces with a wide diversity of thought.”
Vice-President/Diversity Officer of City Students’ Union Law Society
Ethnic minorities comprise over 50% of City, University of London’s student population; City is then a microcosm of London’s beating heart. Of the Society’s six executive committee representatives, five identify as BAME, four are women, one is LGBT+, four are Muslim, one is Hindu, one is Christian, and one is an atheist (secular); when it concerns diversity and inclusion, the CULSU Law Society leads from the front.
President of City Students’ Union Law Society
At the City Students’ Union Law Society, we value the significant differences each colleague, member, sponsor, and business contact contributes to our Society. We work hard to cultivate a culture that is respectful, accessible and forward thinking. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy and initiatives are led from the top, with our Executive Committee espousing an agenda that spans gender, age, disability, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.