Last Friday (9 October) saw the Law Society and Lawscot Foundation hold the first ever 'Celebrating Inclusion Event and Law Fair', which students from all ten LLB universities had the opportunity to attend via Zoom.
Omar Ali, a Partner at Harper Macleod and founding member of the Scottish Ethnic Minorities' Lawyers Association (SEMLA), hosted a special session at the event with fellow co-founder Sheekha Saha to talk about their careers and the work that SEMLA does aimed at a student audience.
He said: "We were delighted to be asked to participate in this event, which is a great opportunity to let prospective lawyers know about the opportunities which exist in the profession. Ethnic minorities have been under-represented in the law in Scotland but a lot of work has been done to address this issue, both within firms and by key organisations. It's good to be able to share our personal experiences with the next generation and help to remove the barriers that exist."
What is SEMLA?
SEMLA was founded in 2017 to support ethnic minority lawyers and law students in Scotland.
It aims to provide opportunities to connect with firms and organisations to increase access to the legal profession for all talented lawyers and law students - regardless of background.
You can find out more about SEMLA here.
Harper Macleod hosted the first SEMLA event in August 2017, with Chief Executive Martin Darroch addressing the gathering.