The Women Working in Law Society (WWL) was set up this year at Queen Mary, University of London by two female law undergraduates, Ciara Henry and Holly Pittock.
The idea was born from a multitude of issues including the fact that there are few women in the British Judiciary; how few female lawyers make it to partner level in corporate firms; how accommodating firms are to women with families and the fact that most students are only educated about careers in corporate law without examining the alternatives.
These were all issues that the girls and their committee felt were important to address at micro level. Their mantra is to educate the students of today so that they can be the change of tomorrow.
Law school can be very abstract compared to the working world, so WWL aims to improve members’ employability and understanding of the professional world by delving into the careers of some of the brightest and most successful females in the legal and commercial world. We want to ask them about how they started their careers, and most importantly what issues they have faced and how they believe these problems should be addressed. We want to help and encourage our female undergraduates to strive to reach the top of their careers, and we aim to do so by organising events specifically designed to address issues faced by professional females in the legal working environment, as well as careers events to help our undergraduates make informed decisions about their futures.
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