Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Warwick Law Society puts inclusivity at the heart of everything we do. Warwick is a dynamic campus, with a high proportion of international students. Our diverse executive committee reflects the diversity of our membership. This fosters a sense of community. Our impressive range of external speakers from minority backgrounds act as inspiring role models for our members. We cannot be a representative student law society unless we work together to promote diversity and inclusion.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Warwick Law Society has worked tirelessly to increase diversity. We are proud to be one of the most diverse student law societies in the country. Nevertheless, we recognise that our drive for inclusivity must be a continuous effort from year to year. Last year, we hosted our inaugural “LGBT in the City” event highlighting the ways homophobia besets the legal industry. This year, we have expanded that event to encompass a broader range of groups which would are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. We have endeavoured to ensure that no BAME member feels precluded from pursuing a career at the bar by inviting a record-breaking number of barristers from minority backgrounds to lead our events. Our Equalities Officer is charged with reporting to the Senior Executive about the adequacy of the society’s inclusivity efforts. We work closely with Aspiring Solicitors and other diversity platforms to keep up to date with the opportunities for our members from underrepresented groups.
President of the Warwick Law Society, 2019-2020
To achieve diversity, we must do more than merely remove obstacles that underrepresented groups face. We must be proactive. It is the sacred duty of each exec to foster diversity in the society. As president, I’m proud to lead one of the most diverse student law societies in the country.
Equalities Officer for Warwick Law Society, 2019-2020
Warwick Law Society prioritises and fosters inclusivity in our society, showcased by events focused on LGBTQ+, BAME and individuals with disabilities. Our society is appreciative that increasing diversity has led to diversity of thought which consequently has driven success within the society. This is evident through the diverse executive committee which is united with its member community.