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The Law Society believes the public is best served by an inclusive legal profession that is representative of our diverse society.

Retention and recruitment of Indigenous lawyers and diverse lawyers is key.

Only 14.6 per cent of lawyers are members of visible minorities, compared with 25.3 per cent of the total population in BC.

Visible minorities represent 32.6 per cent of university graduates with an occupation, which suggests that their under-representation in the legal profession is not related to an inability to access university education. The data suggest there may be other reasons affecting the participation of visible minorities.

Programs to support Indigenous lawyers

Indigenous lawyers represent only 1.5 per cent of the profession while Indigenous peoples represent 4.6 percent of the total population in BC. More concerning, the percentage of Indigenous lawyers did not increase from 1996 to 2006.

The Law Society has the following programs in place to support Indigenous lawyers.

Report: Towards a More Diverse Legal Profession

The 2012 report makes a case for diversity and the retention and advancement of Indigenous and visible minority lawyers, as well as provides best practices and tools.

Download the report