Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
We constantly aspire towards a more diverse society among our 500+ members and our committee. We work closely with various organisations and individuals to promote equal opportunity for all, helping underrepresented groups break into the legal profession. We believe that with a diversity of people, comes a diversity of thought.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
We pride ourselves not only through the diversity of our membership base but also within our committee representation. This year we have introduced an International Officer, responsible for the success of all students who are from (or hoping to qualify) outside of the UK. Our committee’s diversity can also be seen through the range of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds we represent. Recently hosting a women in law panel, we have demonstrated our commitment to encouraging diversity. Having identified the lack of focus given specifically to students’ wellbeing, we are keen to change this in the coming year. The hope is to instigate a change in mindset amongst our members, who are faced with both course and career stresses, so that they begin to understand the importance of and prioritise their wellbeing, better enabling future success.
President of York Law Society 2018/2019
I simply would not have received a training contract without the constant support of AS. Coming from a working-class background, as a mature student with non-traditional grades, I had no confidence in my chances. AS gave me opportunities to develop my confidence with days at firms, application workshops, the Commercial Awareness Competition and one-to-one mentoring. These boosted my CV, my applications and my confidence. I am sincerely grateful to AS and cannot recommend them enough to anyone, at any stage in their journey.
Treasurer of York Law Society 2019/2020
I have been a member of Aspiring Solicitors for two years now, and the support they provide to both myself as an individual and the York Law Society is truly incredible. Offering students from a range of underrepresented groups the opportunity to gain relevant work experience, build on legal skills, and compete in the Commercial Awareness Competition provides a considerable boost to students’ CVs and to their confidence.