Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Our Law Society is a very diverse and multicultural group. With over 55% of our university’s students coming from BAME backgrounds and 96% having attending state school, diversity and inclusion is paramount for our Law Society.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Through our events, partnerships and mentoring schemes, our Law Society has taken steps to increase diversity and inclusion. For example, our event with a BAME future trainee solicitor provided our members to get an insight into his particular journey to the legal profession. Our partnerships with BAME societies at the university has allowed us to reach a wider network of students. It has also given us the opportunity to increase the engagement of BAME students within our Law Society.
Our mentoring scheme will give first and second years an opportunity to learn from final year students, whilst gaining advice and support on their studies and career choices.
President of Roehampton Law Society, 2019-2020
During this academic year, we have made an active effort to build upon our commitment to diversity and inclusion. With most of our members coming from a BAME background or being the first in their family to attend university, diversity and inclusion remains a vital part of what we do. As a result of the Committee’s efforts, I am proud to recognise the increase in diversity of our members and students who attend our events.
First year student member of Roehampton Law Society, 2019-2020
Our Law Society committee of 2019-2020, has delivered on diversity and inclusion through ensuring the provision of different events which attract students from diverse backgrounds. For example, we had an opportunity to discuss the different pathways into the legal profession with a former Linklaters partner and Judge Sage from the Employment Tribunal.