Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Diversity and inclusion is of upmost importance in our Law Society as representation from different backgrounds is extremely important for everyone. Through this, we learn different perspectives, we become more accepting and we become more unified, not only as a society but as individuals.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Our Law Society has held a variety of events for our members. For instance, in 2018 we invited a panel of speakers who attended university and studied law, but now worked in non-legal roles. This was aimed at encouraging research and consideration of other careers our members may wish to pursue after they graduate. We are in the process of organising another event where solicitors share their experiences of balancing a family life with a legal career. We hope that this will offer a valuable insight to both work/life balance with a family. Furthermore, we introduced a new position into our committee, Law for Non-Law Representative. We did this to increase inclusivity in our Law Society for both non-law students and law students who do not wish to pursue a legal career.
Charlotte Hannah Jones
President of Keele University Law Society, 2019-2020
We have introduced many initiatives to assist students further, as well as having an incredibly diverse committee with all of us coming from a variety of backgrounds.
As President, I have set up mentoring sessions with solicitors, to guide students that may not have had any exposure to this career previously. Alongside this, we have also introduced welfare drop-in sessions.
We actively try to involve our university’s alumni at events to ensure the material is relatable to our students and to show them how alumni who were once in their position have now gone on to excel in their chosen careers.