Diversity: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety; especially the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversity)
When we hear about diversity in the workplace, we automatically think of that second half of the definition. But what about making yourself and your own experiences more diverse?
During law school you have a perfect opportunity to make yourself diverse even if you’ve had a pretty normal life until now. How? Sign up to do probono work, especially in areas that you may not have thought about previously. Look for and accept internships or part time jobs in different areas of law. By different, I mean multiple – intern in a big law firm one semester and at your local solicitor’s office the next, offer assistance to a sole practitioner for a summer, or take a part time paralegal position with a midsized firm. Take advantage of all those summer abroad trips.
Making yourself more diverse will make law school more interesting, because you are constantly changing, will help you to meet lots of new people and widen your personal network of attorney friends, and will show future employers that you are:
- Adaptable – this is so important. Many people are afraid of or resistant to change. But not you!
- Interesting – you may get an interview just because they want to ask about all those experiences.
- Knowledgeable – about many areas of law.
- Worldly – if these experiences placed with you with colleagues and clients from different socioeconomic, political, religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Creative – you tried a bunch of different things and have more experience to pull from
- Self Aware- you’ve learned what you like to do and where you are a great fit.
Diversity in the sense that we normally think of it is left to the school or employer where you find yourself, but no matter your race, culture, background, school, or employer, you can make yourself more diverse now.
What new experience awaits you?