#10000BlackInterns: new interns join the Law Society

11 interns have started their six-week paid internship at the Law Society of England and Wales, as part of the Society’s continued participation in the #10000BlackInterns initiative.

The initiative aims to offer paid work experience for young Black people across almost forty sectors – including the law – and create a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship.

Law Society president Nick Emmerson said: “I am delighted to welcome eleven young people to the Law Society. I hope their internships will provide building blocks for their future and I look forward to working with them.

“In the two years that the Law Society has taken part in the scheme, we have benefitted enormously from the contribution of the interns who have joined us.

“The interns made a positive contribution to many areas of the business. They have been highly motivated, brought fresh perspectives and created a positive feeling around the organisation.

“I look forward to working with our interns as they embark on an exciting programme, including visits to the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inner Temple, alongside developing key professional skills they can take forward in their careers.”

According to the Law Society’s 2022 Annual Statistics Report, only 2.5% of all solicitors with practising certificates identified as Black, Black British, Caribbean or African.

Nick Emmerson concluded: “There is evidence to suggest that diversity in the profession varies greatly by the size of the firm and at different levels within the profession.

“The profession must continue to reflect on how we can welcome new voices and experiences into our businesses and how we can retain and progress them.

“It is imperative we talk openly and honestly to ensure we are creating a culture change in the organisations we work in, not just pursuing our own success.”

Notes to editors

Find out about #10000BlackInterns

Read the Law Society’s Annual Statistics Report 2022

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