REDEFINED is an alternative platform for activists and lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds championing social justice and social change.
REDEFINED exists as a direct challenge to mainstream approaches to lawyering. We seek to critically examine and disrupt the 'norm' when it comes to what lawyers are supposed to be, what legal education looks like and what the role of lawyer is.
REDEFINED was founded by Zeenat Islam and is run by a Power Team of law graduates, aspiring lawyers & activists!
"Zeenat is an exceptional professional to follow. Not only is she inspiring through the work that she does, but her passion for democratising the legal profession and making it inclusive, is magnetic. The series of workshops she is leading for aspiring lawyers contain some of the best advice I've been given throughout my legal education so far."
What makes redefined different?
We curate diverse, representative and varied panels of contributors to amplify voices and experiences that are not usually spotlighted in law – we are challenging the norm when it comes to what mainstream legal panels should look like – no more old, white, male, Oxbridge types.
We are committed to widening access to legal knowledge, networks & opportunity for all, especially those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in law. We believe the profession has to change and it starts here.
We understand that legal work experience, mini pupillages and networking events are a privilege that many are unable to access. We seek to bring the same insight and exposure online, making it accessible to those who are looking to develop their experience that face barriers into the profession.
We are here for much more than your typical legal skills development. We are interested in developing and supporting you. Personal development must come hand in hand with professional development, in addition, we are creating safe spaces to have the discussions that we often feel we cannot.
The core of being a lawyer – is to serve. We are building and nurturing a collective pro bono spirit in our legal community. Through our sessions we fundraise for important charities and social causes. We do better by giving back and we have a responsibility to do so.
We are building a network. A support system. A community. Redefining what the next generation of lawyers looks like.
Our sessions span the following themes and much more!
INSIGHT: Hearing from practitioners about their journeys into law & advice they can provide
SKILLS: Skills masterclasses on key areas such as advocacy, drafting & CVs, applications & interviews.
GROWTH: Sessions focused on personal development and growth more broadly including mindset coaching and wellbeing.
IN FOCUS: Panel events discussing topical and important topics such as diversity & inclusion.
"The panelists showed what resilience and transparency look like at its best. Being from a BAME background, Muslim and an aspiring barrister, it was certainly eye-opening to hear such honest views and first hand experiences of those who are already in the legal profession."