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It’s time for the law 
to lead by example

The Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme is a step in the right direction for a profession struggling to shake off its ‘pale, male, and stale’ image, write Olivia Wint and Tara Woodward

16 February 2016

The legal profession in England and Wales is often perceived as ‘pale, male, and stale’, lacking in diversity in terms of gender, race, and socio-economic background, particularly at the top of the profession. Many firms are beginning to address this issue with schemes such as flexible working for parents and ‘blind CVs’. 

The Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme provides funding for students, like us, who would otherwise be unable to afford the legal practice course (LPC). Diversity is an important issue, and has tangible benefits, therefore it is essential that such efforts are not only maintained, but adopted more widely and expanded on to ensure that the legal profession can reap the benefits of a diverse workforce.

Diversity is important for a number of reasons. A successful legal practice is dependent on its ability to understand its clients and accommodate their needs: a diverse workforce enables greater understanding ...

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