On the 2nd April, in partnership with EmployAbility, Reed Smith hosted an event for over 40 disabled students and graduates interested in pursuing a career in law. This unique initiative has been designed to improve the employability and career opportunities of its participants. EmployAbility is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment.

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The afternoon commenced with a number of introductory speeches, including Sakil Suleman, Diversity Partner at Reed Smith, and Paula Waite, Diversity Executive at Herbert Smith Freehills. The event also involved tips on the graduate recruitment application process, and a session on when and how to disclose a disability, which was led by EmployAbility. Students were also given the chance to take part in two panel discussions (one pictured below) focused on life as a lawyer in the City and disability in the workplace. These interactive sessions were particularly useful as they gave students the opportunity to participate in an open conversation about life as a lawyer and the impact of disability in this kind of work environment.

Following the event, a number of attendees have commented on the usefulness of the day. One of the attendees said:

A fantastic event that gave me an invaluable insight into the recruitment process for jobs in the legal sector and tips on how to deal with issues relating to disabilities both in this process and the workplace generally. The event personally re-assured me that jobs for disabled students are both available and achievable at the top of the legal profession. Thank you to EmployAbility for giving me the confidence to pursue my dream career at a leading City law firm, such as Reed Smith.
— Disabled Student