Perceptions of LGBTQI+ Diversity in the Legal Profession: "It's Happening Slow, but it's Certainly Happening"

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Abstract

This article reports on a qualitative study aimed at understanding how LGBTQI+ law students and recent graduates perceive and experience the legal profession. While we found that several participants self-censor in interactions with the profession, others considered their LGBTQI+ identity as advantageous – enabling them to benefit from ‘diversity hiring’. Despite this, many participants regarded the legal profession as ‘conservative’ and influenced by the ‘old guard’ which remains unaccepting of LGBTQI+ identities. Participants also considered the profession to be more accepting of some LGBTQI+ identities than others. We conclude by suggesting strategies to improve perceptions and experiences of the profession.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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