The Justice First Fellowship is a two-year training contract program that supports aspiring social welfare lawyers. It is funded by the Legal Education Foundation, a charity that works to promote access to justice for all.
The Fellowship was launched in 2014 in response to the growing shortage of social welfare lawyers in England and Wales. This shortage is due to a number of factors, including cuts to legal aid, pressure on local authority budgets, and the increasing complexity of social welfare law.
The Justice First Fellowship provides Fellows with a two-year training contract at a leading social welfare law firm or organization. Fellows also receive a bursary to cover their living expenses and the cost of their legal training.
In addition to their training contract, Fellows participate in a bespoke development program that includes:
- Mentoring and support from experienced social welfare lawyers
- Training on a range of social welfare law topics
- Networking opportunities with other social welfare lawyers and professionals
The Justice First Fellowship is highly competitive and only a small number of Fellows are selected each year. Applicants must have a strong academic record and a commitment to social justice.
The Justice First Fellowship has a number of benefits, both for Fellows and for the wider social welfare law sector. For Fellows, the Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to train at a leading social welfare law firm or organization and to gain the skills and experience they need to become successful social welfare lawyers. For the social welfare law sector, the Fellowship helps to ensure that there is a pipeline of talented and committed young lawyers entering the profession.
The Justice First Fellowship has been a success since its launch in 2014. Over 100 Fellows have qualified through the Fellowship and are now working in a range of social welfare law roles. The Fellowship has also helped to raise awareness of the importance of social welfare law and the need for more lawyers to work in this field.
Here are some examples of the work that Justice First Fellows have done:
- Representing victims of domestic violence
- Advocating for the rights of children and young people
- Helping people to access essential social security benefits
- Challenging unfair housing decisions
- Working to promote social justice and equality
The Justice First Fellowship is a valuable program that is making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people and to the social welfare law sector as a whole.
- Fully funded training contract at a leading social welfare law firm
- Comprehensive package of support, including mentorship, professional development training, and networking opportunities
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Supportive and inclusive work environment
- Have a relevant qualification:
- England & Wales: completed and passed (or expect to pass by 14 March 2024) the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or have a UG degree and completed and passed SQE Part 1.
- Scotland: completed and passed (or expected to pass by 14 March 2024) the Diploma in Legal Practice/Professional Legal Practice (DLP/DPLP).
- Northern Ireland: graduated with a recognized law degree and will need to receive notification of admission by March 2024 to the Solicitors apprenticeship scheme at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, commencing in September 2024.
- Have the right to work in the UK
- Be willing and able to commit to serving a two-year term as a Fellow commencing in April 2024.
- Be able to demonstrate a commitment to social welfare law
- Read the job descriptions of Fellowship positions available in current opportunities and select which one you wish to apply to.
- Complete and submit the online application form. You will receive an automatic submission confirmation to your email address.
- You will be contacted by The Legal Education Foundation to let you know if you have been shortlisted for an interview or not.
- If shortlisted, you will be contacted by the Host to arrange an interview.
- Following interviews, you will be contacted by the Host to let you know if you were successful or not.
- If you are not successful at the interview, you may be asked if you wish to interview for training contracts in other Host organizations if any Host has not placed a candidate. This is not guaranteed.
Application Deadline: December 8, 2023 (5 Days Remaining)Apply nowOfficial link