Starting on the 2nd July 2018, the Bar Council launched a week-long social mobility campaign on Twitter. Using the hashtag #IAmTheBar, they sought to highlight the non-traditional journeys to the Bar of their Social Mobility Advocates. As a first generation African Immigrant aspiring to become a barrister, #IAmTheBar is so much more than a hashtag.
The headline in a recent article for Counsel Magazine read ‘White students twice as likely to get pupillage, report reveals’. This isn’t the first report or statistical breakdown that has shown that Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) people who aspire to the Bar are less likely to make it. As a black girl aspiring to the Bar I can see how information like this might deter me. Read on to see why I’m more determined than ever to break beyond the statistical barriers and succeed.