The Diversity Series 2018-2019

In 2018 KCLBMS implemented a new initiative that underpins our wider ethos of promoting equality to the Bar. Our Diversity Series is a series of curated events that focuses on breaking barriers to the bar and promoting the aspirations of students from all backgrounds.

 
 
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Freshers Welcome Drinks and Diversity Series Launch

Monday 1st October

The first event of the year was held at the prestigious location of Gray's Inn and gave students the opportunity to meet members of the committee, as well as network with a host of barristers from Gray's Inn itself. 

 
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'How to Increase Diversity at the Bar'

Monday 15th October

This diversity panel (followed by our pupil drinks) was an opportunity for students to learn about the initiatives chambers are making to include students from different demographics, and a chance for students to let chambers know what factors are important for them when considering applying to the Bar. 

 
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kclbms Advocate Fundraiser

Wednesday 12th December

KCL Bar & Mooting Society held a Christmas celebration to raise money for the newly rebranded Bar Pro-Bono Unit, now known as Advocate. Each year this incredible charity provides legal representation for people when they are at their most vulnerable. We decided that we needed to not only celebrate all that they have done (in true Christmas style!) but also raise money for the charity so that they can continue this amazing work.

 
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An Evening with Judge Lafferty

Thursday 17th January

KCL Bar & Mooting Society were incredibly excited to host Judge Lafferty, the only blind judge in the country for the evening!

He gave a talk about his journey to the bench and what day to day life is like for him. 

 
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Networking with Black and Asian Barristers

Thursday 24th January

An opportunity for students to network with Black and Asian barristers from all practise areas, reshaping the image many students have of the Bar. We were delighted that Dame Linda Dobbs, the first ever non-white person to be appointed to the Senior Judiciary of the UK appeared as guest speaker.

This event was organised in collaboration with the organisation Cake & Counsel and we are delighted to say was sponsored by Atkin Chambers the Chancery Bar Association. 

 
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FINDING YOUR WAY TO THE BAR

Thursday 31st January

What happens if I don't get pupillage the first time? What other experience can I gain to help my application? What if I can't afford the BPTC right now? Are there alternative routes to the Bar?

Four barristers who took a different route to the Bar were involved in a panel discussion looking at these questions. 

The purpose of this evening was to show that even though the route to the Bar is an expensive and sometimes extremely long one, it is possible for anyone.

 
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Networking with Female Barristers

Thursday 7th February

An opportunity for students to network with female barristers from all practise areas, reshaping the image many students have of the Bar. We were delighted that Lady Justice Nicola Davies appeared as guest speaker. 

This event was in collaboration with the Association of Women Barristers and was sponsored by Fountain Court Chambers and The Chancery Bar Association

 
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XIV Annual Dinner

Friday 15th February

The KCL Bar & Mooting Society's Annual Dinner is the highlight of our social calendar. We concluded our Diversity Series with this formal dinner and an opportunity for students to network with esteemed guests of the legal society.

This year, the XIV KCLBMS Annual Dinner was held at The Lansdowne Club, Mayfair. We were delighted that Dr S Chelvan appeared as our guest speaker for the evening.

In keeping with our initiative to widen participation and increase social mobility, this year we offered five scholarships for students on the King's Living Bursary, courtesy of The Chancery Bar Association.

 
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Law for Non-Law

Thursday 14th March

A panel discussion with four barristers who didn’t do a Law degree. This was an amazing opportunity for non-law students to discover alternative routes to the Bar, learn more about the GDL and quiz the panel on their experiences of being a non-law at the Bar.