For the law to be effective, it must be representative of the communities it covers. Therefore, we are keen to look to as broad and diverse a pool of talent as we possibly can to find our Commissioners and lawyers of the future. The Law Commission is offering diversity work shadowing schemes to those who may not previously have considered a career as a lawyer or Commissioner.

The schemes will give candidates an opportunity to learn more about the role (either as a lawyer or Commissioner), helping them to decide whether they wish to take their interest further – be it now, or in the future.

The schemes are aimed at those from under-represented groups at the Commission, which at present includes people who are:

  • Women
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Socially or economically disadvantaged
  • Those who consider themselves to have a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010


Applicants must be from one or more of the above groups. For more information, please see below.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for the Law Commission to cover costs or pay individuals for their time with us.

All participants will need to complete an application form. There are no formal selection criteria, however if there is high demand, we will prioritise applications from those with the most relevant skills and experience.

Work shadowing spans a range of opportunities, from a short, focused discussion, to a full work shadowing experience. We will discuss options with you following receipt of your application.

Lawyer Diversity Work Shadowing Scheme

The Law Commission is keen to develop opportunities for qualified lawyers to gain a greater understanding of our work. In particular, we seek to provide opportunities for individuals who have the skills, experience and interest in working at the Commission in the longer term. Those applying will need to consider that the work shadowing ought to be mutually beneficial.

Find out more about the lawyer work shadowing scheme

Apply to undertake lawyer work shadowing by completing the Lawyer Diversity Work Shadowing Application Form and emailing it to us at LawCom_Work

Commissioner Diversity Work Shadowing Scheme

Eligible legal practitioners can learn more about the work of any of the four Law Commissioners. Your time with us could focus on leadership of projects, engagement with stakeholders and peer reviewing the projects of other Law Commissioners.

Find out more about the Commissioner work shadowing scheme

Apply to undertake Commissioner work shadowing by completing the Commissioner Diversity Work Shadowing Application Form and emailing it to us at LawCom_Work