Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Queen Mary is recognised for having one of the most diverse law schools in the country, and this is highly celebrated and recognised by the QMUL Law Society. Diversity and inclusion can only be achieved by understanding the backgrounds of our students, and working with them to identify their potential.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
The main premise of our diversity initiatives is to demonstrate the realities of being a law student, highlighting both the successes and opportunities, but also shedding light on inevitable rejection within such a competitive industry. We aim to provide genuine and relatable information to provide support for students, as opposed to merely informational.
At the beginning of this academic year we had a dedicated diversity event in which all strands of diversity were discussed. We had diversity and inclusion representatives from Freshfields, Hogan Lovells, SEO and BCLP in attendance.
In light of the recent release of gender pay gap financial data, The Queen Mary Law Society has sought to increase female participation and to increase the female membership. Our dedication to this goal has been successful as currently approximately two thirds of our 300 members are female.
Diversity and Inclusion Officer, 2nd Year Law
The only way to increase diversity is to increase the relatability of event content and recognising that despite the fact all our students go to QMUL, we all had very different journeys to get here.
2nd Year English
It is always slightly intimidating for a non-law student to step into a room full of law students and lawyers, the Queen Mary Law Society has ensured that students who feel like this are aware that one does not need to be studying law for one to be considered an asset to both the committee and the profession.