Who can be a lawyer?
Ethnic DiversityAccording to a data collection by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in summer 2019, 1 in 5 solicitors are from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The BAME population of England and Wales as a whole is around 13%, so it is well represented in the solicitors’ profession. More than 13% of barristers come from ethnic minority backgrounds, according to a similar data collection carried out the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in December 2019.
Gender DiversityThe gender gap has also narrowed in recent years. 49% of solicitors and 38% of barristers are women.
Cultural DiversityThe most recent statistics show that the socio-economic profile of lawyers is also changing. Only 21% of practising solicitors attended British independent or fee-paying schools. More than 49% were the first in their families to go to university. For barristers the numbers are similar: 17% of barristers attended British independent or fee-paying schools and 47% were the first in their families to go to university.
DisabilityThe proportion of solicitors and barristers with disability is lower, at 3%, than the wider population, where disabled people make up 13% of the workforce in the UK.
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