Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Given the large number of International students who are members of the Oxford Brookes Law Society, diversity and inclusion has always been an integral part of the ethos of the Society. The Society understands the difficulties that many underrepresented students face in the legal industry.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Our Committee has representatives from each year group to ensure all students can voice their concerns. In addition, our School of Law hosts 20+ exchange students from Brickfields College and KDU College in Malaysia annually. Our committee has a representative from both institutions, whose students may be facing their own struggles of cultural and geographical change, to ensure their concerns are voiced.
Our Law Society hosted Aspiring Solicitors for multiple talks, covering nearly every strand of diversity. We also hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with Royds Withy King. While
the bulk of the discussion was regarding life as a solicitor, the panel was diverse, and discussed their personal struggles, including one member with a physical disability. The panel event was free to attend, and provided free food, to ensure all members could attend regardless of their financial status.
President of Oxford Brookes Law Society 2018-19
Whilst interacting with members from our Society, we make it our mission to treat others the way we wish to be treated. The existence of our Law Society is based on allowing an open forum to discuss the law. It would seem counterintuitive to have anything
other than diversity and inclusion at the forefront of our principles.
Vice-President of the Oxford Brookes Law Society, 2018-2019
Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of our Society’s values. Our commitment to Aspiring Solicitors and other extracurricular activities ensures that every student, without exception, is equipped with the skills and experiences necessary for success.