Welcome to the latest issue of the Junior Lawyer Update.
The past few months have been extremely busy ones for the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD). As well as continuing our resistance to the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), publishing the best practice for work experience placements and seeking best practice guidance for firms on the retention of newly qualified solicitors, we held our annual conference and ball on 16 April. Thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who made it such a successful event. I am also pleased to report that our charity raffle raised nearly a thousand pounds for our charity of the year, Help for Heroes, and would llike to thank all who donated raffle prizes.
If you missed out on our conference, there are two free forums in London coming up later this year. One will focus on obtaining that all important training position, and the other for those who have qualified (or are just about to). Further details can be seen below.
This month we also launched our three-five year post qualified experience (PQE) working group, to better engage with our more senior members. I would like to thank those who volunteered to be a part of this, and we look forward to helping to better support those looking to develop their careers a few years after qualification. If you are in this bracket, you may be interested in attending the free event on 'How to make partner'.
Finally the JLD provided input into the Law Society's review of its governance structure, and what we want the Law Society to look like in the future. You can submit suggestions as well.
If you want to give us your views on any of our activities, then please email the JLD or message us via our social media channels.
Chair, Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society
Last year the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) published a consultation setting out proposals to introduce a common professional assessment for intending solicitors. The JLD and the Law Society support centralised assessment in principle provided that the level is set appropriately and does not result in a dilution of standards.
Read the response
Nominations are still open for the Law Society's Excellence Awards 2016, including the Junior Lawyer of the Year. The Law Society is looking for demonstrable evidence of an individual who has an exceptional standard of work as well as great dedication in their role. The closing date for nominations is Friday 3 June.
Read more about the awards, the other categories and the nomination process
The Law Society has published guidance for organisations in relation to work experience for aspiring solicitors, following research undertaken by the JLD.
Read the Law Society's best practice guidance on work experience placements
The Law Society is offering trainee solicitors a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in the Law Society Brussels Office commencing in September 2016. The closing date for applications is Thursday 9 June.
On Saturday 25 June members of the legal professions will once again parade through the streets of London for Legal Pride 2016. They will be celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) diversity in the legal profession, under the banner 'All are equal under the law'.
A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced from 1 August. Many LLM (Master of Laws) programmes now include an LPC qualification, and therefore may qualify for funding.
The Law Society has launched a new initiative for its members. These online interactive scenarios guide you on the best way to proceed when faced with an ethical dilemma. In one scenario a junior lawyer finds herself in a difficult situation when she discovers potential misconduct by her training principal and supervisor.
At this free event Heather Townsend will be talking about how to become a partner and the experience of going through the process.
Book now - 8 June, London
There are a range of in-house opportunities from corporate, such as financial and business services, to the public sector which includes government legal services, the CPS and charities. The seminar will include an overview of the in-house market, and an insight into the diversity of an in-house career. Free for students.
Book now - 22 June, London
This forum aims to equip those who are at the start of their careers with skills and advice necessary to progress, diversify and develop within the legal profession.
Register your interest - 17 September, London
This one-day skills event is aimed at assisting LPC students and LPC graduates with their search for a training position.
Register your interest - 8 October, London
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