Social Mobility in the Legal Profession Conference – 19 November 2018
On 19 November 2018, Lancashire Law School held its inaugural Social Mobility in the Legal Profession Conference to engage lawyers, law firms, academics and students in the North West in debate and positive action to tackle the important and complex issue of inequality of access in the legal profession.
A fantastic line up speakers from academia and the legal profession all spoke passionately about the importance of raising awareness of the inequality of access in the legal profession, sharing narratives and importantly taking positive steps to effect change in the profession and the North West.
Conference organiser, Principal Lecturer at Lancashire Law School and former solicitor Simon Price outlined the launch of three initiatives at the conference, the launch of Lancashire Law School’s Centre for Social Mobility in the Legal Profession, the North West Social Mobility Alliance and the Legal Mentor Network.
The Centre for Social Mobility in the Legal Profession
The mission of the centre will be to empower students to realise their potential and aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and students to promote equality of access, encourage open and transparent dialogue and develop evidence based approaches that translate into practice and provide tangible outcomes of Social Mobility in the Legal Profession.
North West Social Mobility Alliance
The Alliance was launched in partnership with Global Law firm DWF and aims to grow to a dozen North West law firms in the next 12 months to provide a forum for sharing best practice and experiences and develop a regional network of legal professionals who were 1st generation law students. The Alliance will run the Legal Mentor Network and hold regional networking events where 1st generation law students can meet legal professionals and develop their skills and experience.