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Welcome to the Junior Lawyers Division - the community for LPC students, LPC graduates, trainee solicitors and solicitors up to five years qualified


Exciting opportunity in Brussels for junior lawyers

28 August 2018

The Law Society Brussels office is offering junior lawyers a unique opportunity to undertake a three to six month secondment commencing January 2019.

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JLD chair's update – September 2018

3 September 2018By

Adele Edwin-Lamerton updates members on recent JLD activities.

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Free JLD forum: helping you to secure a training position (6 October) – book now

We are holding a free one-day skills event to assist LPC students and LPC graduates with their search for a training position.


Preparing undergraduates for the solicitors’ profession (London, 30 October)

This exciting event for undergraduates aims to cover all aspects of preparing for a career in the solicitors’ profession, including tips on increasing your chances of success, completing applications and interview techniques.

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Seminar: Politics and the law (London, 15 October)

Interested in a career in politics? Find out how to launch your career in public life at our free panel session.

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Kirstie Goulder

11 December 2017

Kirstie Goulder, the youngest president of a local law society, answers questions on her decision to become a lawyer and her experiences of working with local law societies. 

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JLD poll

Can your employer do more to support its junior lawyers?

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LawTech: Get the basics right and the rest will follow

14 October 2018

As exciting as the rise of legal technology is, a more pressing problem faces the junior end of the profession: too many of us struggle with basic computer literacy.

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The JLD executive committee - why you should get involved

24 August 2018

Hear from Charlotte Parkinson and James Kitching about their time on the JLD executive committee and how they have benefited professionally and personally from the experience.

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About the Junior Lawyers Division

Your Junior Lawyers Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of all LPC students, LPC graduates (including those working as paralegals), trainee solicitors, and solicitors with up to five years post qualification experience.

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  • Law students and junior lawyers need more support

    Junior lawyers must be equipped with the right skills to manage their mental health in the workplace – a fundamental rethink of law firm culture can help make this happen.

  • Seven join graduate academy of DAS Law in Bristol

    DAS Law has welcomed a new intake to its innovative Graduate Academy with seven aspiring lawyers joining the 2018 apprenticeship programme at the Bristol-based firm.

    Starting in September, the academy takes the form of a three-year apprenticeship scheme which enables law graduates to embark on a legal career without the uncertainties of securing a formal training contract.

    Using funding from the government’s apprenticeship scheme, the academy focuses on learning and development through practical experience. Graduates are given responsibility at an early stage and work towards taking on their own cases within the first year, under the supervision of senior team members.

    Alongside learning more about the law and how to apply it, the academy also covers all of the additional skills that graduates will need to build a successful legal career, including a focus on communication, drafting, negotiation, advocacy and client care.

    On completion of the course, graduates will become qualified Chartered Legal Executives with the opportunity to join one of DAS Law’s core legal departments - Litigation, Employment, Legal Advice or Personal Injury (PI).

    Will Ellerton, Head of Litigation and Dispute Management at DAS Law, said: 'I am very excited about our graduate academy. There is a huge gap in the market for talented law graduates who wish to pursue a structured training course outside the usual solicitor training contract. This scheme is aimed squarely at them and makes use of the government’s apprenticeship levy, which is an excellent but under-used scheme within the legal industry.'

    For the first time DAS Law will be formally working with CILEx Law School (CLS) for the provision of the apprenticeships. Jenny Pelling, CILEx Law School’s Director of Business and Apprenticeships, said: 'We are delighted to be working with DAS Law to provide these apprenticeships. They are a wonderful opportunity for law graduates and it was great to hear that we were DAS Law’s standout choice of partner. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.'

    Law graduate Lucy Kenyon is among the new intake, and said: 'This is a great opportunity to qualify as a lawyer while studying and working in a legal environment. I’m really excited to have joined the graduate scheme.'

    The initiative supersedes DAS Law’s original graduate academy which was successfully launched in 2016 and comprised a two-year course focusing solely on PI.

    As well as working on behalf of DAS Group on legal expenses insurance funded claims, the firm also undertakes a range of work on behalf of its parent companies and in the wider legal market, providing the academy’s graduates with a broad and varied training scheme.

    Pictured from left to right: Emyr Gwynne-Thomas, Saif Ahmad, Ciaran Gibson-Spain, Lucy Kenyon, Luke McKellar, Charlotte Cowgill, Michael Wallace.

  • Fieldfisher partner nets £3m while Slaughter’s trainee pay rises again

    Junior City lawyers continue to receive handsome wage increases.

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