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Equality and diversity

  • The Law Society is committed to attracting the most able candidates to the legal profession and to reflecting the diversity of our society. We help the legal profession to be inclusive, and many employers have a commitment to recruiting people from diverse backgrounds.

    Each year around 7,000-8,000 people qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. In recent years more women than men have been qualifying as solicitors and at least 18 per cent of people qualifying have been from minority ethnic groups.

    Equality of opportunity

    The Law Society operates the Diversity Access Scheme to help exceptionally talented, committed people overcome social economic or personal barriers to becoming a solicitor.

    There are three elements to the scheme:

    1. 1. Full and partial scholarships to fund the LPC at a number of teaching institutions
    2. 2. Mentoring support
    3. 3. Work placements

    For further information about the application process, email diversityaccessscheme@lawsociety.org.uk.

    Social mobility

    Our Social Mobility Ambassadors campaign highlights how the solicitors' profession is made up of people from all walks of life.

    Many solicitors have experienced and overcome socio-economic hurdles in pursuit of their career ambitions and professional success. By showcasing the achievements of our ambassadors and sharing their stories, we hope to demonstrate that the profession welcomes talent, tenacity and a strong work ethic, regardless of social background.