updated on 19 October 2021
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Law firms are always saying they're diverse but how do I decide which firm is the right fit for me?
Diversity. Diversity. Diversity.
It is true that diversity and inclusion is the talk of the legal town and is often highlighted in bold on law firm’s sleek websites and brochures. Due to the intense way this word is pushed and emphasised by numerous firms, it is hard for aspiring lawyers to distinguish between the firms and chambers that truly embody diversity and the ones that are merely using diversity as a buzzword for marketing purposes.
Ever heard the expression ‘actions speak louder than words’? This is the concept you should apply when deciding which firm is the right fit for you. An aspiring lawyer must wear many hats and one of these hats is that of a meticulous detective; it’s important to pay attention to what a firm is doing, rather than what it’s saying.
Ask yourself the following questions:
If you can’t answer these questions about your dream firm, then you must dig for this information. If you still can’t find anything, then you have your answer. Try to avoid just looking at the recent actions of law firms, you need to search for a pattern of behaviour (eg, has the firm only just started introducing diversity and inclusion initiatives or is this something they have always done?). However, if a firm is working to become more diverse, it has potential of being a good fit for you and this is a good sign it is forward-thinking.
Here are two main factors to consider when handpicking which firms to apply to:
Read this Feature for more on diversity and inclusion.
Read this Feature: ‘Black candidates share legal recruitment process.’
There are inclusive firms out there that will be the right fit for you, you just have to find them.
For more on what solicitors’ firms, chambers and legal education providers are doing to improve diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, head to LawCareers.Net’s Diversity Hub, sponsored by Gowling WLG.