About our event

You’re an LGBTQ+ undergrad or postgrad student, and you want to pursue a legal career in the City. Come to us. DiversCity in Law is an award-winning, annual event (now in its ninth year) where LGBTQ+ students can find out all about legal careers, and get advice from those already in the sector. Our aim? To help students feel more confident about applying to top law firms and then supporting them on their journey. That’s why our free event is jam-packed with all sorts of useful sessions, workshops and panel discussions – each one designed to shatter any misconceptions and open up the world of City law.

Students watching presentation during the event

On the day

There’s a lot to look forward to. At Linklaters’ London office on Thursday 5th December, you’ll hear from LGBTQ+ law professionals working at high-profile City firms and learn about their personal stories. It’s your chance to ask questions and get honest, genuine answers from those in the know – hopefully dispelling any myths or concerns along the way. This is also about soaking up plenty of practical advice too: things like what to expect during the application process and how to prepare for it. Not only that, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals, so it’s the perfect opportunity to grow your own network and make invaluable connections.

10:00 - 10:30
Arrival
10:30 - 10:45
Welcome Session From Senior LGBT / Ally Lawyer
10:45 - 11:30
Graduate Recruitment: Commercial Awareness Session
11:30 - 12:00
Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) Talk
12:00 - 12:45
Trainee Lawyers on Tables
12:45 - 13:30
Networking Lunch
13:30 - 14:30
Graduate Recruitment: Breakaway Sessions
14:30 - 15:15
'Questions we really want answered' panel session
15:15 - 15:30
Making the most of LGBTQ+ mentoring
15:30 - 15:45
Short Comfort Break
15:45 - 16:30
Senior Lawyers on Tables
16:30 - 16:45
Closing Remarks
17:00 - 18:00
Law Fair
18:00 - 19:30
Networking Drinks / Canapés Reception

DiversCity in Law doesn’t stop there. After the event itself, you’ll have the chance to apply for our mentoring scheme – which will connect you with someone from one of the 18 firms who participated in the event.

The firms

18 City law firms take part in our event, and every single one is committed to helping LGBTQ+ students feel more confident in applying to firms like theirs. This is who you can expect to meet on the day:

The stories

We could go on and on about why the DiversCity in Law event is something not to be missed. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what previous attendees had to say:

The DiversCity in Law event was a fantastic opportunity to hear the stories of inspirational LGBTQ+ lawyers and gain hugely valuable application coaching and advice. It left me feeling more confident in my applications and in pursuing a career as an LGBTQ+ lawyer.

This event is invaluable for LGBTQ+ candidates. It gives you the insights, networking opportunities and confidence you need to make the most of your training contract applications for leading law firms.

The contacts I made during the event put me in an incredible position to progress my career, and gave me the confidence that I can do so without hiding who I am. The mentoring scheme offered alongside the event is also an unmissable opportunity, my mentor was absolutely fantastic!

DiversCity is different from any other networking event I have ever been to. It gives real insight into life as a LGBTQ+ City solicitor, with some truly inspiring speakers and stories. I was impressed with the strong sense of solidarity within the LGBTQ+ legal profession, as well as the numerous opportunities which, thanks to that same community, were made available to me. Moreover, DiversCity’s mentoring programme is a unique and invaluable resource which was fundamental in helping me to secure a training contract with a top international City firm for 2017.