Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
We are committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, are welcomed and able to participate in the society’s activities. BULS was established in February 2018 based on the principle “Inclusivity for All Students” and with the goal of diversifying the student experience at Bath.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
What is striking about the past and present BULS committees is the diversity in age, degree, background and nationality of its members. This trait is something we seek to enhance in the future through introducing a Welfare and Inclusivity officer.
Last year, we invited speakers to meet with our members under the initiative ‘Meet the Non-Law Lawyer’ series. This was extremely successful in bringing together experienced professionals and ambitious students to discuss the challenges facing law firms today.
Our central efforts have been towards promoting opportunities that are available to students that identify as BAME, LGBT+ or come from a disadvantaged background.
Eleanor Giles Thomson, President
As an individual whose parents did not attend university, I have found the confidence to pursue a legal career through the society. The society has given the members, and me, a platform to start tackling challenges that may impede the spread of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the industry.
We value every member and the differences that make each of us unique, whether these be differences we can see – like gender, age and ethnicity – or ones we can’t – like education, social background, religion and sexuality. We seek to encourage each and every member to embrace their differences, providing necessary support so that members feel empowered by what differentiates them, and not hindered.