There is a growing movement in the legal profession to create a more diverse workforce, with ever more diversity projects and access schemes springing up. Below is a list of several such schemes, but it is by no means definitive – if you’re aware of a scheme that isn’t on here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspiring Solicitors is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession by, among other things, providing free access, opportunity and assistance to students from underrepresented groups, and promoting and encouraging diversity from within the profession.
Non-practising solicitor Debo Nwauzu founded BLD in 2006 to promote diversity within the legal profession and provide a forum for networking.
The foundation aims to engage individuals in their society – running educational programmes and competitions to facilitate this.
If you are a resident of East London, then East Potential’s Routes to Work scheme could provide you with an opportunity to enjoy work experience at a corporate law firm.
Founded in 2004, the scheme supports outstanding individuals facing significant barriers to becoming a solicitor, whether the challenges are social, educational, personal or financial.
The programme aims to support students from ethnic minorities throughout their legal studies at the University of Warwick and, in turn, increase diversity within the legal profession.