Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Diversity and inclusion is important to us as a diverse network breeds academic and cultural stimulation in a university environment and the workplace. The world is changing, and here at Nottingham Law Society we want to be leaders and shape the future.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Our Welfare Officer organises our six-part Diversity Series panel discussions with representatives from various sponsor law firms. These cover all major diversity areas such as Women in Law, BAME, LGBTQ+ and social mobility. We have also introduced a Diversity Council to gain a more representative view of what the students want to learn about, and the challenges different people face, making our events more inclusive. During the panel discussions we ask the guests to be honest and acknowledge the challenges and barriers, whilst also motivating our students and giving them the confidence to pursue a career in law. To increase attendance and reward individuals for expanding their knowledge on diversity within the legal sector, the Welfare Officer has introduced a ‘Diversity Award’. This is awarded to students who attend a set number of talks and also to individuals who are members of our Diversity Council.
Welfare Officer for the University of Nottingham Law Society, 2019-2020
As the Welfare Officer, it is my responsibility to organise our Diversity Series and co-lead the Diversity Council with the elected chair and Aspiring Solicitors. We are seeing our students challenge leading international law firms on their approach to unconscious bias in the recruitment process and their strategies to aid career development of underrepresented members of society. The addition of the Diversity Award this year has also seen an unprecedented amount of interest in our events.
President of the University of Nottingham Law Society, 2019-2020
Our Diversity in the City event with Simmons & Simmons and Aspiring Solicitors’ Universities Officer, Jagwinder Kaur, is a prime example of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Aspiring Solicitors’ incredible support helps our members realise that your background does not define you, and that anything is possible in the legal profession!