Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Our society’s main aim this year is to make sure everyone feels included enough to attend our careers and social events. We value diversity and inclusion because we know that our members come from various backgrounds. We believe it is important to take into account all our members by offering diverse events including specific events tailored for BAME, LGBT+, non-law and international students.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
We have taken an initiative to hold various non-law events as we have noticed the stigma the Law Society has had in previous years where students considered events only catered for law students. We had another panel event organised in November for non-law students, with representatives from law firms and chambers who came from a non-law background and have the experience to talk about their journey to the legal field. We value all our members and as our main initiative is to offer help to those who would like to enter the legal field, we make sure to focus on our non-law student members as well.
President of the Queen Mary Law Society, 2019-2020
Feedback suggested that in previous years our Law Society social events such as the Law Ball were too expensive for some members to attend. We took this into account, and we sought to gain additional sponsorship to be able to offer cheaper tickets to our events. Not only are we committed to offering diverse events and making sure everyone is welcome, but we really emphasise listening to our members’ suggestions.