The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession. Lawyers with Disabilities Division members come from a wide range of backgrounds and include law students, retired solicitors, paralegals, law lecturers, practising solicitors and their allies.
Members have a wide range of disabilities that affect them to varying degrees, including visual and other sensory impairments, impaired mobility and less immediately apparent disabilities, such as epilepsy, dyslexia and mental health issues.
The Lawyers with Disabilities Division was launched in January 2009, following on from 20 successful years as the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities.
Lawyers with Disabilities promotes equal opportunities for people with disabilities within the legal profession. The division encourages solicitors to use their experiences and expertise to support aspiring solicitors or colleagues seeking to progress in the legal sector.
Engage with the Law Society on matters of inclusion. Membership of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division is free, and is open to all solicitors and their allies.
Members benefit from:
To join the Lawyers with Disabilities Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Lawyers with disabilities box in special interests. You will receive regular email updates and tailored content will appear on your My Law Society homepage.
For more information email lawyerswithdisabilities@LawSociety.org.uk
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Meet the members of the Lawyers with Disabilities Committee
Free and confidential support and advice for Law Society members and employees of law firms. Call us on 020 7320 5675.
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