Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Among the ‘traditional’ unrepresented groups within the university, there is one group that everyone is a part of regardless of age, race and gender. Swansea University is not a Russell Group university and some suggest as a consequence it doesn’t produce as many ‘traditional’ lawyers as other universities – a potential barrier preventing access to the profession for some students.
We do our best to make sure each student believes in themselves and that they push themselves for the career that they want, regardless of whether they are ‘traditional’ or not.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Each year we hold our elections without any prejudice or discrimination. Anyone is able to run for any role within the committee and then the society members vote for who they want in each position.
We have reached out to the Aspiring Solicitors Campus Manager to try and collaborate on any events that would help students with their CVs and applications and invited BARBRI International to give a talk about the New York Bar.
We have also had the University of Law come to give their ‘Step into Law’ talk to give students advice on how to approach and how to stand out in applications. We have been in contact with other Non-Russell Group institutions through The NRG Lawyer, and we have been in discussions about a Non-Russell Group Mooting competition which will help those from Non-Russell Group universities to compete against one another and to practice any advocacy.
President of Swansea University Law Society
I am aware of the challenges that students at Swansea face going into the legal profession. Although it is more diverse nowadays, it still prefers the Oxbridge and Russell Group educated. I want to help students tackle this barrier with events and so I’ll be looking into and advertising relevant opportunities – and, of course, with help from professionals and professional groups like Aspiring Solicitors.
Law Society Member
Diversity in the legal profession is important. By increasing diversity in the legal profession, we are moving towards a better and brighter future where people are not discriminated against and they are able to do what they enjoy with no restrictions. A person’s beliefs, race, gender or academic background pay little to no relevance in their ability to be a good lawyer.