Law Society joins the #10000BlackInterns initiative
The Law Society of England and Wales announced it has joined the #10000BlackInterns initiative and encouraged law firms and legal businesses to do the same.
“The #10000BlackInterns programme is a great initiative and we look forward to participating in the summer of 2022,” Law Society president David Greene said.
The #10000BlackInterns initiative was founded to help broaden career opportunities for young Black people in the UK and address the underrepresentation of Black talent in many industries.
The programme aims to offer paid work experience across over twenty sectors – including the law – and create a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community.
The #10000BlackInterns programme will begin in the summer of 2022 and aims to run for the next five years – providing 10,000 internships to young Black people.*
David Greene added: “The law can offer a rewarding and fulfilling career. We hope interning at the Law Society – or law firms signed up to the initiative – will open doors for aspiring young Black talent and inspire participants to pursue a legal career.
“In the solicitor’s profession, 17.5% of practising certificate (PC) holders come from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (where ethnicity is known),** which is higher than the national average of 14.1% of the wider working population. 3% of the profession identify as Black, which is the same average as the wider working population.***
“However, just 6.5% of partners in the largest firms (81+ partners) are from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background, and 0.5% of partners are Black.****
“The Law Society is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive profession. It recently published research on the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors in the law.
“This included clear recommendations – such as having open, honest conversations about race, setting targets and a data-driven approach to diversity and inclusion – to help firms drive equality up to the most senior levels.
“We are proud to participate in the #10000BlackInterns initiative and encourage law firms and legal businesses to take part and invest in the next generation of young Black talent.”
Notes to editors
*Read more about the #10000BlackInterns initiative.
**It is voluntary for PC holders to disclose their ethnicity to the SRA. Ethnicity is currently unknown for 28,385 (19.5%) of PC holders.
***Statistics on diversity in the profession are taken from our report Race for inclusion: The experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors. Statistics on the diversity of the wider working population can be found on the GOV.UK website.
****According to our 2019 Diversity Profile of the Solicitors’ Profession, 6.5% of partners in the largest firms (81+ partners) are from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background, and 0.5% of partners are Black.
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