The UBLC strives to unify our members and students and has been at the forefront of many initiatives to increase inclusion and belonging within the University. In the past, we have organised events discussing and exploring issues students may face trying to access a career in law. Our panels have included a range of leading professionals identifying key barriers such as socio-economic background, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We identify challenges and discuss solutions with the aim of making the legal profession accessible and attractive to underrepresented groups.
To enhance and diversify the exposure our members receive we collaborate with fellow societies to host rich and thought-provoking talks such as our joint event with ‘the 93% club’: Best and brightest? Or best resourced and best connected?
We want to put more emphasis on the importance of inclusivity and diversity within student societies and have accordingly introduced a blind application process for our most important opportunities. In doing so, we believe our members will feel secure when applying.
The UBLC is supported by a range of organisations that are devoted to the same goals we are. Including: Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment and SEO London.
Wednesday 31st October
The Diversity Fair is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to leading law firms and organisations devoted to supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds. We are fortunate to be joined by four international law firms, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Macfarlanes and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Our members also get added guidance from representatives at Bright Network and Aspiring Solicitors. During the fair, students rotate in groups around each firm. The aim of this event is to encourage our members to be confident when applying for work experience and job opportunities.
Diversity and Inclusion Week
Coffee and Cake
Tuesday 26th September
We understand going to university can be a very daunting experience and being an international student can make the experience even more challenging. Many students may experience a cultural shock, a language barrier or suffer from homesickness. The UBLC and BPP University offer a meet and greet opportunity at the start of the year to allow international students to meet fellow members and bond over tea and biscuits. We organise this event as an avenue for international students to meet others on the course who may be facing similar challenges.