QLT Update: entering application season with a BANG!
The world has seen another eventful month, and so has QLT! Thankfully, whilst the changes in the world have seemed overwhelming and bleak, at QLT we’ve tried to keep LGBTQIA+ aspiring lawyers hopeful! We’ve hosted some fabulous virtual events and produced some captivating content. So settle in, grab a tea, because you’re in for a QLT update.
QLT entered application season with a bang by offering two enlightening events, the first of which was the ‘Bar scholarship applications event.’ With Inn deadlines fast approaching we thought LGBTQIA+ aspiring barristers could use some guidance, hints, and tips. Our six panellists were a delightful mix of students, pupils, and paralegals, who discussed their route to gaining a BPC scholarship. They also gave guidance on how the audience might map their trajectories to securing a scholarship. The event was a great success, with our pre-booked tickets being sold out!
We also held our first QLT Application panel event: ‘what makes a good applicant?' mediated and organised by our Director of Events, Joey Lewin. QLT thought it was imperative to secure a diverse panel that spoke to the greater issues of intersectionality in the application process. Our panel included: Cai Cherry, a queer disabled law student who has secured a training contract with DLA Piper; Ethan Lo, a Cambridge graduate who has secured a training contract with Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer; and Tehzeeb-Fatima, an LLB Graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS University of London) who has secured a training contract at Clifford Chance. All three panelists gave fantastic advice and are representatives of the sentiment that an intersectional background should not prevent you from becoming a solicitor.
Moving to the captivating content QLT has produced over the last month, one of our Co-Founders, Liv Reilly produced an ‘allyship recommendation’ about Ah-Mer-Ah-Su.
“Ah-Mer-Ah-Su is a Black trans woman from Oakland, California. She first gained recognition for her electronic-indie-pop music in 2016 following the release of her debut EP ‘Eclipsing’... In 2018, 'Star’ was voted into that year’s Top 20 LGBT albums by Billboard Music. Her latest single, ‘Carry (I Don’t Wanna)' was released on all popular streaming services on 21st August 2020.”
Liv embarked on a short summary of her background, the cultural significance of her music, and the popularity she is accumulating. It is definitely a must-read!
Joseph Millbank, QLT’s Director of Diversity and Social Mobility, wrote another must-read allyship recommendation on “Feminism Interrupted” by Lola Olufemi.
“This book was a great introduction to black feminism and the way it can be used by governments, legislatures, and businesses to make society more equitable and compassionate. Therefore, our communities can be more sustainable, but also more just in all kinds of ways; socially, economically, environmentally, and politically.”
To hear more about the book before diving in and purchasing it (which you should definitely do), go check out Joseph’s blog here.
However, that’s not where our written endeavours have ended. QLT also produced two other pieces of informative content: “Intersectionality - The New Buzzword We All Need To Know About” and “The new wave of transgender support in legal employment”. Both discuss hot topics of the moment, and both get you clued-in regarding the state of diversity and inclusion in society. I couldn’t recommend them more, but I am arguably biased.
Aside from internal expansion, sponsorships from magic circle firms, and general fabulousness, that’s all to report from QLT over the last month. But don’t worry, next month is going to be a doozy. We’ll be kicking things off in November with a QLT Speed mooting competition, followed by a virtual workshop in collaboration with Herbert Smith Freehill’s IRIS network. Links to events and registration pages can be found on our LinkTree here.
We hope you’ve had a fantastic month too!