I Belong is a monthly club empowering students from backgrounds that are non-traditional for law. Every third Thursday of the month we will be bringing in a special guest to talk to I Belong about their unique experiences and how they have succeeded in bringing diversity and innovation to the profession.
‘empowering students from non-traditional backgrounds to study and enter the profession with confidence’
Who is it for?
ibelong is for everyone who cares about the legal profession being representative of each and every section and inter-section within our society – but we aim to talk about the issues which relate to under-represented group both in higher education and in the legal profession.
Some groups of people are less likely to achieve the qualifications needed to study in higher education and these gaps in achievement are apparent from a young age. There is also inequality between groups once they get into higher education and some people are more likely to do well than others, even when their prior academic performance is the same. https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/promoting-equal-opportunities/our-approach-to-access-and-participation/the-challenge/
This is true also of the legal profession – solicitors https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/en/topics/research/diversity-profile-of-the-solicitors-profession-2019 and barristers https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/uploads/assets/88edd1b1-0edc-4635-9a3dc9497db06972/BSB-Report-on-Diversity-at-the-Bar-2020.pdf
Groups of students where data shows gaps in equality of opportunity in relation to access, progression or attainment are those who share the following particular characteristics