Law Society to collect diversity data

Diversity data will be collected as part of the annual practising certificate (PC) renewal process for the first time this year.

Published 18 September 2020

SEMLA announces student opportunity with energy giant Shell

The Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers Association (SEMLA) has announced an opportunity for two of its student members, in conjunction with Shell International Limited, part of the multinational energy company.

Published 23 July 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Usman Tariq on levelling the playing field in the Scottish legal profession

In many ways Usman Tariq’s family history reads like a classic immigrant narrative. His grandfather came from Pakistan to Scotland in search of a better life; his father left school early to enter the world of work; Mr Tariq and his two sisters were enabled and encouraged to grab every educational opportunity that came their way.

Published 25 June 2020

Glasgow event to look at unconscious bias in law

An event for lawyers, legal academics and equality bodies looking at challenges and ways to improve diversity in the legal profession will be held in Glasgow this month.

Published 9 March 2020

Diversity in the judiciary event next month

Two judges will be speaking at an event on diversity in the judiciary in Glasgow next month.

Published 21 January 2020

SEMLA and CMS to host traineeship event

With the deadlines for vacation schemes fast-approaching, SEMLA and international law firm CMS are delighted to announce a joint event on “My CMS Journey: How to secure a traineeship at a Top 10 Global Law Firm” at the Glasgow office of CMS on Friday 6 December between 10.30am and 1pm.

Published 19 November 2019

Sir Geoff Palmer: Ethnic minority professionals must develop a ‘sense of belonging’ to succeed

Scotland’s first black professor, a Windrush generation Jamaican who grew up in the racist Britain of the fifties and sixties, has told an audience of lawyers and other professionals in Edinburgh that they must have a "sense of belonging" in order to succeed.

Published 9 September 2019

Aberdein Considine and SEMLA to give aspiring lawyers insight into private practice

Aberdein Considine and they Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers' Association (SEMLA) are hosting an event which is designed to provide aspiring lawyers with an insight into private practice as part of a drive towards encouraging more individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds to consider a career in the private sector of the Scottish legal system.

Published 26 June 2019

Burness Paull offers work experience to ethnic minority law students

The Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers' Association (SEMLA) has announced a partnership with Burness Paull to offer a week of work experience to one of its student members.

Published 24 April 2019