Diversity - Inclusivity - Equality
Bringing Diversity Initiatives to the University Level
A wealth of diversity initiatives are already in place at top employers. EIL, formerly called Women Working in Law, was born in the summer of 2013 out of a desire to bring these programmes to students, helping create a supportive community for them as they take their first steps into working life. As a long standing society, EIL is well placed to bring our members unique events and exclusive networking opportunities from the associations and professionals we work with. We also seek to help our members foster the skills they need to assert themselves, and so some of our other key partners are professionals who coach and engage with females in the City. In the past, members have been able to leverage the large networks they bring so as to secure mentorship opportunities in the areas they hope to embark on a career in.
This year we are working to be bigger and better than ever. We want to bring our members more events and aspire to work with the top employers to merge initiatives and equip our students with the knowledge as to what exactly will make them succeed in the business.
Over the last two years we have worked meticulously to rally support for our cause, bring our members the best events possible and make a name for ourselves in the professional world.
- We have worked with Gwyn Day to bring our members top-class advice on how to secure vacation schemes and training contracts in what has become an annual workshop with him.
- We have partnered with the Women Lawyers Division, giving our members networking events with the brightest and most inspiring ladies in law and business.
- Vanessa Vallely and Sasha Scott have also held talks for our members, giving advice on how to maximise their networking skills, and what roadblocks to look out for on the path to building a career.
- Students have been able to see how all this plays out in practice and gain invaluable personal insight through several panel events with a number of high-profile lawyers. These include:
- Sarah Lee (graduate recruitment partner, Slaughter and May)
- Tracy Lockhead (partner (then associate), Linklaters)
- Simon Branigan (graduate recruitment partner, Linklaters)
- Joanne Theodoulou (head of legal, BBVA)
How It All Started: Our Founders
Holly’s solid 2:1 degree has allowed her to excel in her LLM in tax law at Queen Mary. Having completed this in the summer of 2015, she has since been interviewing at a number of Big Four firms for roles in tax advisory and travelling to exotic destinations such as Norway, Montenegro and the Arctic. Holly was the society’s first president in the 2014-2015 academic year following its founding earlier that summer.
Ciara graduated with a strong 2:1 from her law degree with a year abroad in Utrecht in the Netherlands in June 2015. Having been president of the society for the 2014-2015 academic year, she has chosen to pursue her keen interest in gender and international law by undertaking an MA in Law by research at Queen Mary. Not stopping there, following a post-graduation trip to America, Ciara starts work at Hogan Lovells in London.