Bakers to host networking event for female students

Baker & McKenzie is adding a careers event aimed exclusively for female students to its burgeoning list of diversity initiatives.

“VW Meets…Law”, is to be hosted at Bakers’ London office tomorrow (24 March), and aims to attract around 30 aspiring lawyers from a range of universities.

Bakers senior associate Sophie Chandauka, who will be chairing a Q&A session at the new event said: “Internally we have done well in attracting female talent but one area that is still underrepresented is at partner level,”

“We know that we have to start early in terms of giving people advice in terms of approaching the profession, managing their career and learning how to manoeuvre the politics of a City environment.”

Twenty-two per cent of Bakers’ partnership is female, which compares favourably to the average of 16.2 per cent across the top ten City law firms, as revealed in The Lawyer’s inaugural Diversity report published in late 2010.

Bakers has set up a range of diversity focus groups, including BakerWomen, BakerEthnicity, BakerLGBT and BakerBalance, which organise panel discussions and networking events.

Last year, Bakers’ partners took part in a cocktail-making class with Bristol University’s LGBT Society to promote its diverse culture (read more).

Bakers was also one of the first law firms to host an LGBT event at Oxford University, which saw around 80 students from the society and four partners attend.

The latest dversity event is being held in conjunction with student-led enterprise, Elevation Networks and the Visible Women (VW) Campaign, and will give the selected female students the opportunity to network with female professionals from all levels of the firm.