Under Colour of Law – 17th April 2014

In both the UK and the US, lawyers who are BMEs are significantly underrepresented in the legal profession. In the UK, we see significant numbers of BME law and bar school students but low numbers receiving pupillages and training contracts. In the US, the numbers of Black and African American law students have increased slightly over time but few achieve partnership in law firms. The end result, despite policies and programs aimed at a ddressing these concerns, is a legal profession that is not particularly diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. Why is that?

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