Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Diversity and Inclusion is important to our Society because we believe the legal industry should reflect the diverse talent pool that society has to offer. Here at Essex we are proud to be one of the most diverse Universities and Societies in the country and believe our diversity is our strength.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
This year the Essex Law Society hosted our trainee Panel event where in each member on the panel was a member of the BAME community and an Aspiring Solicitors Ambassador. This event not only provided crucial tips in securing vacation schemes and training contracts but also provided a valuable insight into the experiences that these lawyers faced as BAME lawyers.
This year we have introduced a Diversity and Inclusion Officer to the committee, to continue to focus on our commitment to improve diversity and inclusion and establish new events and initiatives throughout the year.
We are proud that over 65% of our committee are from diverse backgrounds, accurately representing the diversity of our society and university.
President of the Essex Law Society, 2019-2020
I truly believe that my diversity is my strength and it is a key factor in my drive and motivation to become a commercial lawyer. I am aware that the legal industry is recognising that clients are becoming increasingly diverse and want their lawyers to reflect this and bring their diverse talents and way of thinking to the industry.
The Essex Law Society events enable me to liaise with lawyers from similar backgrounds as mine and have been inspirational towards my own journey, many of whom have become more than just role models but also mentors.
Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Essex Law Society, 2019-2020
Understanding the importance of striving towards diversity and inclusion within the field of law is a vital element for any successful aspiring lawyer. The goal is to encourage and instil in the lawyers of the future that being from a diverse background is not something that holds them back but rather an asset they can use to help them thrive.