Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Alternative Law Journal

Publisher

SAGE

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

35650

Funders

Public Purposes Trust of the Law Society of Western Australia

Comments

Ricciardo, A., Puttick, S., Rogers, S., Skead, N., Tarrant, S., & Thomas, M. (2021). Perceptions of LGBTQI+ diversity in the legal profession: ‘It's happening slow, but it’s certainly happening’. Alternative Law Journal, 46(2), 100-107. (SAGE). https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X211007576

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.

DOI

10.1177/1037969X211007576

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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