Awareness and appreciation of DEI and its value are critical steps, but these are hard to grapple with in any traditionally structured profession. Especially, the legal profession has a hierarchical legacy with progeny promotion being the norm.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are distinct concepts that come together to create a thriving workplace. Diversity recognises and values differences in people – be it gender, geography, religion, race, or the additional element of caste in our country. Equity provides impartial, fair opportunities to all individuals, and inclusion helps create a workplace that makes people feel a sense of belonging. Although most promising attorneys today seek firms promoting DEI, one must admit that DEI in the Indian legal industry is yet to receive due attention. The profession has vast differences – from the perceived standing of law colleges, opportunities for growth, and economic and income inequalities to gender imbalance.