Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
As one of the biggest independent societies at KCL, our Law Society aspires to have its membership and the society as a whole reflect the core values of diversity and inclusion. Our Law Society’s motto is to “kickstart your career in law” and this is an all-inclusive goal for us. It is also important for us to recognise the efforts from potential future employers and law firms towards diversity and inclusion and to make sure our members are aware of this push for diversity and inclusion within the legal industry.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
This year has been our first year collaborating with Aspiring Solicitors on campus and running events in conjunction with them. We also have introduced two diversity related panels as a part of our four-part Careers in the City Panel Series, namely a BAME Panel and a Women in Law Panel. Each panel event saw five US firms (or firms with a US presence) sharing their initiatives with respect to diversity and inclusion. The trainees and associates who attended shared their experiences as BAME or women lawyers in the City. The firms who took part were: Norton Rose Fulbright, Baker McKenzie, Hogan Lovells, Ashurst, Latham Watkins, DLA Piper, White & Case, Macfarlanes and CMS. Another event, which is now in its second year, is our Women in Law Debate which is being sponsored by Weil. The debate was initially inspired by the milestone of 100 years of women in the legal industry.
Vice President of the KCL Law Society, 2019-2020
Our Law Society is committed to playing its part in boosting diversity in the legal profession. Regardless of background, degree, or personality we aim to include anyone interested in law. We are proud to host BAME and Women in Law panels and to have frequent unique socials to get our community together.