The legal profession, in common with other professions, does not represent the diverse society it serves. In England and Wales, it is significantly more difficult to become a lawyer if you are not white, male, middle class, privately and Oxbridge educated: this is also true for other protected characteristics, such as disability, sexual orientation, and age. The students we teach are fundamentally and structurally disadvantaged. This paper reports on the aims and objectives of The Fairness Project, and the consequent design of its learning materials. Structural inequalities are all-pervasive and long-standing. No one project, no one generation, will secure equality, more diversity and fairness in the legal profession. But that is not a reason to do nothing. As educators and as human beings, who ourselves are relatively advantaged, we have a moral and pedagogical imperative to do what we can, where we are. That is what The Fairness Project is all about.
|Journal of International and Comparative Law
|Published - 1 Jun 2018