There are a number of ways you can get involved, either at national or local junior lawyer level, as follows:
The JLD has a network of local groups, which although affiliated, are independent of the main national JLD. The local groups hold regular events and activities and are always looking for new members to get involved. For details of a local group near you, please visit the JLD website local group page.
If there isn't a local JLD group in your area, you may want to consider setting up one yourself or with a few of your colleagues. The JLD is in the process of developing guidance for junior lawyers on setting up and running a local group. Watch this space.
The JLD produces a regular email bulletin which sets out forthcoming events and news relevant to junior lawyers.
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Each year the JLD holds elections for positions on its executive committee. All JLD members are eligible to apply. Nominations open in September and close in October. Details will be posted on the JLD website nearer the time and also advertised in the Junior Lawyer Update newsletter.
Periodically, the Law Society advertises vacancies on its Council and various committees. Some of these have designated junior lawyer seats. Please look out for vacancies on this website, the Law Society website, and in the Junior Lawyer Update newsletter.
The JLD welcomes contributions to its website from members, for example, articles, reviews, blogs, hints and tips etc. If you would like to submit an item for the website, please email email@example.com. Alternatively, we would welcome your suggestions as to what additional website content junior lawyers would find helpful and informative.
The JLD organises a number of events throughout the year - most of which are free to attend and are CPD accredited. They include one day free skills events aimed at specific sectors of the JLD membership, for example, students and paralegals looking for training contracts, trainees and newly qualfied solicitors. These events are usually followed by a networking drinks reception. The JLD also organises an annual conference and ball. Please look out for these events in Junior Lawyer Update and on the JLD website.
The JLD policy issues and consultation responses are available on the JLD website. Members are welcome to share their views with the JLD on any of the policy, projects or campaigns set out on the website, or let us know of other issues the JLD should be focusing on, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not start a conversation on the JLD social media sites - LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook. These can be accessed via the JLD website home page.
The JLD holds three national committee meetings a year at which issues affecting junior lawyers are discussed. The national committee consists of the JLD executive and representatives of the local JLD group network. Meetings are held on a Saturday (sometimes Sunday). A limited number of places are available for JLD members to attend these meetings although permission is required. Unfortunately the JLD is not in a position to pay any travel expenses. Information about forthcoming national committee meetings can be found on the JLD events page.