Earlier this week, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claimed that the legal profession “is not doing enough” to make itself more representative of society.
(See ‘Clegg: legal profession is not doing enough on social mobility‘ on legalfutures.co.uk.)
The Citizenship Foundation has worked on developing young people’s knowledge and understanding of the law for over twenty years, with considerable input from the legal profession.
We have a tremendous amount of support from both individuals and organisations. They are committed to raising not only young people’s awareness of the law but also their aspirations towards a career in law.
Every year we engage nearly 10,000 young people in the law and legal system. They are from non-fee-paying schools, often from inner-city areas of high deprivation and from a diverse range of backgrounds.
These programmes are supported annually by a huge network of legal volunteers including over 500 solicitors, 300 barrister and advocate volunteers, 800 magistrates and 80 judges.
The work is supported generously by many bodies within the sector, including The Law Society, The Bar Council, The Magistrates’ Association, The Faculty of Advocates, Bar Library of Northern Ireland, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service and over 30 law firms and in-house legal teams.
While diversity within the profession is a significant issue, it is important to recognise just how much the profession is already doing to improve the situation.