Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
London South Bank University is the seventh most diverse university in the world. As such diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our Law Society. Our members are from a wide variety of backgrounds. We make it our responsibility to ensure our members are offered the opportunity to feel part of a wider community no matter their background.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Following on from our Non-Russell Group (NRG) Careers conference last year we have hosted and collaborated with many different organisations to promote diversity. Our Meet & Greet event was in collaboration with a society that aims to bridge the gap graduation and employment for diverse students. We have also worked closely with Aspiring Solicitors and have seen a phenomenal increase in students who are wanting to pursue a career at a City law firm. We have also worked with other organisations to help our members research and apply to law firms.
We welcomed our Welfare and Commercial Awareness Officer with the aim to ensure every student is aware of the opportunities present to them. We have started initiatives such as drop-in sessions which allow students to come forward and talk about challenges they may face and to discuss their future career aspirations.
President of the LSBU Law Society President, 2019-2020
For the first time we have added new executives to our committee. A Commercial Awareness and Welfare Officer was added to ensure our members were offered the support and opportunities when needed. Organisations such as Aspiring Solicitors have helped students to aspire higher and achieve more success through their workshops and external events. Our initiatives such as hosting a wide range of events and promoting them through social media have made our members feel part of a community.
LSBU Law Society Commercial Awareness Officer, 2019-2020
Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the our Law Society. We are conscious of the potential challenges in the legal profession that await our members from underrepresented groups, hence we ensure that opportunities are accessible for them to learn from diverse groups of lawyers, who have overcome similar barriers.