University of Leeds Law Society

Why is D&I important to your Law Society?

Our Law Society is dedicated to providing a home away from home for its 2,000+ members. We strongly believe in the encouragement of diversity which makes our community special.

We aim to make our members more professionally and socially aware of themselves. We aim to challenge stereotypes and break boundaries for our members whilst creating a space for each individual to feel uniquely comfortable within our society.

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

The Law School’s Equality Cinema is a monthly event to celebrate diversity and inclusion through the screening of a wide range of interesting and relevant films for the specific diversity month, for example LGBT+ history month.

Our Law Society also introduced its very first Presidents Outreach Programme, a scheme designed to help the local community within Leeds. The ‘Red Box Project’ aimed at combatting period poverty within inner-city schools within Leeds by providing free sanitary products and the ‘St George’s Crypt Scheme’, offering our Law Society’s members the opportunity to volunteer at a homeless shelter.

Finally, our former President and current Equality and Diversity Secretary, set up the ‘University of Leeds African-Caribbean Law Network’, designed to connect current students with alumni now working within the legal profession.

Kingsley Duru

Equality and Diversity Secretary for the University of Leeds Law Society, 2019-2020

Our committee is dedicated to delivering a number of unique opportunities to develop and broaden our members’ skills. This year we will be running an array of social and career events, community projects, the Law Society Ball, sports tournaments, editorial productions amongst others, which will have something for everyone.

Lucy Britton

Community Engagement Secretary for the University of Leeds Law Society, 2019-2020

To support the welfare of our Law Society, I hold informal one-to-one sessions, where I act as a friendly face for students to confidentially discuss any issues which may be troubling them, and suggest potential next steps towards resolving them.