Queen’s University Belfast Women in Law (Lean In Circle)

Why is D&I important to your Law Society?

Our student-led peer group initiative recognised a gap in acknowledging the diverse experiences and career ambitions of law students who identify as women at our university. We talk openly about our ambitions and encourage each other to take on new challenges. Our members are more confident, ambitious and aware of the role that gender plays during their legal studies but also when they enter the legal profession and law-related industries.

Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity

In the last year, our committee has maintained engagement from BAME ethnic students and includes committed undergraduate and postgraduate representatives from local and international backgrounds. Our event speakers over the last 3 years have been women who come from a variety of law related career paths: judges, solicitors, barristers, academics. This year we are exploring mental well-being and how law graduates have found success in other fields outside traditional law pathways such as in banking, finance, HR, marketing, and in-house roles. We explore how success for law graduates is not a one-size fits all pathway and to stay open-minded along the journey.

In planning our free and accessible events on campus, we are always open to male, female, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Every event operates like an informal one-hour seminar, where attendees can share their experiences, seek advice, and gain meaningful insights from guest speakers.

 

Maria Pimentel-Mackle

Founding Member of Queen’s University Belfast Women in Law

Our society has made a significant impact to QUB School of Law and was featured in a commissioned art project in 2018 as part of its ongoing commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality. This art visualises and celebrates women working in all aspects of the law in Northern Ireland, including future generations. Our society committee was honoured with a group portrait that sits alongside prominent judges, lawyers and academics. The inspiration behind the project, ‘It’s hard to be what you can’t see,’ was coined by Marian Wright Edelman, the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi bar.

Alexandra Born

Co-Founding Member of Queen’s University Belfast Women in Law

We at QUB Women in Law are committed to maintaining a safe space to take on the challenges that woman-identifying folks face in education and work settings collectively.