It is widely recognised within the legal profession that there is a stereotypical image of what members of the field look like – often white middle-class males.
There is a recognition that females, individuals from BAME backgrounds, and those with a disability are underrepresented within the legal profession, particularly at senior positions. Although the industry is moving forward to become more open and diverse, it will still take a long time for these individuals to rise to the positions of senior figureheads.
There is evidence of change, especially within the judiciary, of groups becoming better represented, such as at the UKSC, although there is still an unbalance at present.
With this worry of under representation, the legal profession runs a risk of not having particular groups of people coming through legal training and wanting to enter into the profession.
UWE Law Society have taken a drive, in the academic year 2018/19, to make diversity and equality a large focus. With this focus we are running an evening event to showcase different areas within the legal profession, and asking field leaders to share their experiences, views and opinions on how diversity is represented.
We are welcoming successful practitioners to share their views and welcome all to attend this even, whether directly involved in law or not.
Parking is available via the North Entrance to the university and free from 5pm.
Registration begins at 5:00pm.
Doors open at 5:30pm.