I am the Bar: Social Mobility

IATB campaign

In Summer 2018, the Bar Council launched 'I am the Bar', to profile the experiences of those who have succeeded at the Bar from non-traditional backgrounds.  The campaign is designed to:

  1. Raise the profile of social mobility and support fair access to the Bar, to encourage aspiring barristers from non-traditional backgrounds. 

  2. Highlight efforts made to improve access to, and diversity within, the profession.

  3. Support efforts to improve insight into the profession by drawing together profession-wide social mobility efforts across chambers, Inns, other organisations and individual barristers.

In March 2019, 'I am the Bar' won the Lexis Nexis Legal Award in the Legal PR / Media Comms category for its progress in raising awareness of the importance of social mobility at the Bar. For more details, contact Press@BarCouncil.org.uk.