University of Portsmouth Law Society

Why is D&I important to your Law Society?

Our Law Society is one of the largest academic societies on campus. Through our chosen core themes of Community, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Charity the society is committed to creating an environment that welcomes all students regardless of their background. Our Law Society encourages diversity and inclusion through events, opportunities and representing those who require additional support and advice. This allows for equal opportunities, a celebration of diversity and an overall stronger knit community. We aim to make individuals feel comfortable, accepted and offer a safe space.

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

During International Week, the committee held our first Diversity and Inclusion Event – ‘International Food Gathering’. This was successful as many of the committee and members brought in food and wore clothes from their home country. This event was to celebrate different backgrounds by bringing members together through food. More recently, our society held an Employability Event with LinkedIn tips and networking opportunities. These skills are applicable to any industry and not restricted to just the legal profession. Members had the opportunity to develop their networking skills with professionals that come from both legal and non-legal backgrounds.  We aim to show members that their background does not matter, and that at its core, success comes from an individual’s ability to have the resilience to reach their goal. Providing such events and opportunities to members, we hope to help provide a steppingstone in their career journey.

Avneet Dosanjh

Law Society Secretary for the University of Portsmouth Law Society, 2019-2020

Being a member of our Law Society for three years, it’s clear diversity and inclusion is a priority. The International Food Gathering Event exemplifies this attitude to welcome all cultural backgrounds. Coming from a BAME background, it is truly refreshing to see such an open attitude to all cultures. As a student from a Non-Russell group university, it is not rare to come across other students that seem to be discouraged by this. Our Law Society has worked hard to bridge this gap by providing a range of opportunities, such as networking with law firms, throughout the year.

Lauren Cole, Aspiring Solicitors Campus Ambassador at the University of Portsmouth Law Society, 2019-2020

Lauren Cole, Aspiring Solicitors Campus Ambassador at the University of Portsmouth Law Society, 2019-2020

I have taken on the responsibility of Aspiring Solicitors Campus Ambassador, as I am committed to helping create diversity and inclusion in the legal world. Aspiring Solicitors helps underrepresented groups become legal professionals. The opportunities and insights available from them are invaluable especially when pursuing a career in law.