The state of the nation: Diversity and the British legal academy

Steven Vaughan

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Abstract

In this short piece, I set out briefly what we know about the challenge of diversity in the legal academy from existing scholarship. That field, in the UK at least, is sparse. I then go on to set out a snapshot of the legal academy using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). I do this as the start of a much larger project on diversity and the legal academy that I plan to undertake over the next year. My argument is rather simple. The diversity of the legal academy reflects neither the diversity of our law student bodies nor the diversity of the wider population. Such diversity is vital for a number of reasons. My hope is that this piece can be the start of a dialogue on an important and largely ignored topic, and that further research will be done in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalThe Law Teacher
Early online date26 Apr 2016
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2016

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