Urban Lawyers is a charity founded by Dr Tunde Okewale MBE, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

The charity works to makes the law (in its academic, practical and career contexts) more accessible to marginalised groups in society.

Urban Lawyers is currently run by a committee of young diverse legal professionals, practising as barristers and solicitors in firms and chambers across the United Kingdom.

Our main passion is to provide inspiration and education to all who have or will encounter the legal profession. Through our work we expose students to the legal profession in a way they may not otherwise be able to.

We are passionate about improving social mobility and diversity in a profession that has been limited to a few. Many of the lawyers that volunteer give their free time to run Urban Lawyers and are themselves from backgrounds which are currently underrepresented.

Urban Lawyers focuses on educating young people from underrepresented backgrounds about their legal rights as well as tackling the diversity issues within the legal profession by providing workshops, mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities. We engage with our members through meetings, university societies and through our social media presence.

TIMELINE

2010

Urban Lawyers is a charity founded by Tunde Okewale.

2015

Urban Lawyers celebrates its 5 year anniversary at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP).

2016

Urban Lawyers holds its first Urban Lawyers Careers Conference.

2018

Urban Lawyers launches Urban Lawyers Heroes at its annual careers conference.

2020

Urban Lawyers will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a series of events throughout the year.

WHAT URBAN LAWYERS DO

Event

Urban Lawyers host, facilitate and promote legal career events providing students with an opportunity to meet legal professionals and gain insights into the legal world.

Workshops

Urban Lawyers deliver interactive workshops which engage and stimulate young people in discussions about their attitudes towards the law and the ever-changing policies in their local communities.

The workshops we offer vary from legal career development workshops, to youth offenders’ workshops, to tailored workshops on specific offences and procedures.

Research

Providing information about young people’s views and/or experiences of the criminal justice system.

Curriculum

Urban Lawyers delivers a set of courses with legal content which is available to be taught at schools and universities. It provides a simple and undiluted overview of the legal principles and theories that govern our society.

WHO WE WORK WITH

Over the years, we have collaborated with and been supported by a wide range of law firms, barristers chambers, universities, brands and other organisations.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Each year, we provide a fully catered conference for our attendees, inclusive of breakfast and lunch. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of others to support our attendees and welcome donations from a wide variety of organisations

Our Vision

Our main passion is to provide inspiration and education to all who have or will encounter the legal profession

MEET THE TEAM

Meet the team behind Urban Lawyers

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE

FOUNDER

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Natalie Carter

curator of ul careers conference

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Sarah Patel

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

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