Playing it by the book
White, stuffy, male, upper-class: privileged Englishmen clad in pinstriped suits wander the corridors of City firms or don dusty wigs to pontificate in court. Isn't that the popular perception of lawyers? Well, not quite. In fairness, as diversity has become a bigger buzzword over the past few years, the legal profession has worked hard to open its doors to a wider variety of candidates.The City Law School in London, for example, attracts a high proportion of ethnic minority candidates, partly because of its inner city location. Indeed, in 2006-07, more than 45% of its Legal Practice Course (LPC) students were of ethnic minority origin. Keith Simpson, the City Law School's newly appointed director of equality and diversity, is proud of the work that has been done at grassroots level to attract a diverse student body.
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