We provide a platform to support both aspiring and experienced legal professionals from African and Caribbean backgrounds seeking to advance in their careers
We bridge the gap for students with no links to the legal community, showcasing success stories and providing role models for first-generation University attendees
We create opportunities for networking at all levels of the profession
Our events encourage a greater level of integration by black and other ethnic minorities within the legal community
We aim to do our part to increase awareness and encourage action to redress the under-representation of black and other ethnic minority lawyers in the profession
Sponsorship of BBL is vital for law firms committed to championing and promoting the abundance of black talent within the legal profession. I really enjoy being involved in BBL events as this a great way to engage with black students, and also black solicitors who are at various stages in their careers.
I attended my first BBL event in October 2014 while I was studying my LPC/ LLM. I would not be where I am in my legal career if not for BBL from helping me obtain my first work experience placement to setting me on my way to obtaining a training contract, and everything in between.
I joined BBL in summer 2016 during my second year at university & wholeheartedly this was the best decision I ever made! Since then the BBL team has guided and supported me throughout my legal career. From offering advice, application support, legal experience and numerous networking opportunities; I secured a legal role at a leading national law firm through attending a BBL event.
BBL’s guidance and encouragement was vital in my development as an individual throughout my legal studies. Their unwavering support gave me the sense of direction and motivation I needed to successfully obtain my training contract immediately after graduating.
I joined BBL at Law School in 2012.BBL’s support and guidance was crucial in my effort to secure a Pupilage in 2017 and ultimately become a qualified Barrister.
I joined Birmingham Black Lawyers (BBL) in my first year of university. Their event was my first ever networking event. It was held during black history month at Shoosmiths, and for the first time in my life I saw a room full of successful black lawyers, many that even though professional still kept in touch with their culture. Seeing that and hearing all of their stories really made me feel like I could do whatever I set my mind on. It gave me a greater drive to follow through on my dreams, showed me that as a black woman I could be as/more successful than my non-black counterparts and that it was a dream that is very much achievable.
Each event BBL put on was one that provided great insight into how to become a barrister or solicitor, and how to approach each hurdle and successfully overcome them. BBL opened the door to networks and connecting with people I would have never known, and not just connecting with law professionals but also students like myself from different universities in the same position.
BBL is an excellent organisation which have helped me network and gain a greater understanding of the challenges minorities face within the legal fraternity. An organisation filled with authentic, genuine professionals whose aim is to assist and shape the next generation of Barristers and Solicitors. An exceptional organisation!