Regulation & Government

Law Commission expands its diversity work shadowing scheme

The scheme is aimed at individuals from under-represented groups in the law, including women, BAME candidates, the socially or economically disadvantaged, and those who consider themselves to have a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

The Law Commission has announced it has relaunched its diversity work shadowing scheme, expanding the offering to both commissioners and lawyers who may not previously have considered a career at the commission. 

The commission said it will help candidates to learn more about the role and help them to decide whether they wish to take their interest further, now or in the future. 

Additionally, the work shadowing spans a range of opportunities, from a shorter, more focused discussion to a fuller work shadowing experience.

The scheme is aimed at those from under-represented groups in the law, including women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, the socially or economically disadvantaged, and those who consider themselves to have a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

In addition, the Law Commission said “for the law to be effective, it must be representative of the communities it covers”, hence why it is broadening and diversifying its pool of talent.

Sir Nicholas Green, chair of the Law Commission, said: “The Law Commission has a positive story to tell about the work we have done to encourage diversity and inclusion across the organisation. However, there is always more that can be done, and we are keen to support those from under-represented groups at all stages of their careers.

“Therefore, we are relaunching and expanding our work shadowing scheme. This will help us to ensure that our law reform recommendations reflect the differing experiences of communities across England and Wales.”

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