UC Women In Law is a new society, founded in 2016 by a group of young women dedicated to being heard and represented in the legal arena. The society aims to create a community for both social and professional networking between students and with those in the legal profession, as well as advocating for the interests of women in law.
Women in Law has worked hard this year to host as many social and academic events as possible. 2017 has been our inaugural year and we've been ecstatic to see the huge amount of support from students!
We kicked things off with a Launch Party, which sold out at Clubs Day and was a great way to meet other club members. Early in the year we held a Clerkship and Confidence workshop as part of Wahine Week, to give students interview skills and hear from professionals about what they're looking for. Throughout the year we ran a Legal Lounge series, where we organised a number of successful female lawyers to chat to us about their careers over coffee and baking. We were involved in Lawsoc's Pink Ribbon Breakfast, and co-hosted a Humanitarian Law Talk with UC Greens. Later in the year we ran a bus trip with the theme "before the court", which meant a large number of cheeky drinks with criminals, judges, foxhunters and a surprising number of David Bains.
We hope to continue as many of these events as possible next year, and to give back based on what our members want. We also hope to support students more with a mentoring programme and drop-in sessions, and to get more first and second years involved. Come and chat to us and clubs day and let us know where you'd like to see Women in Law heading in the future!
Sophie Maher, President