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Junior Lawyers Division

Junior Lawyers Division

September 2017

bryan scant

Dear LPC student,

Welcome to the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of the Law Society of England and Wales, and to the legal profession. This is an exciting moment for you - you have just embarked on the vocational stage of your training and, as you spend the next year or two learning the skills required to practise as a solicitor, your interests will be represented by the JLD.

The JLD is a division of the Law Society for junior lawyers across England and Wales - LPC graduates looking for training positions, trainee solicitors and solicitors up to five years qualified as well as LPC students like you, are all automatic members.

The division, which has an independent voice from that of the Law Society, represents, campaigns and provides services on issues that may affect you - such as the way in which solicitors are trained and career development. It also provides members with an opportunity to network and connect with other junior lawyers, discuss issues that concern them and benefit from training and advice provided at conferences, meetings and events.

With over 70,000 members, it is one of the largest communities within the Law Society. Membership of the JLD is free and automatic for those within its membership group.

I would like to wish you the best of luck on the course and on beginning your career in law.

Yours sincerely,

Bryan Scant
Chair, Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society

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Providing support - visit our website

We also offer advice and support. Alongside the wider Law Society resources, you now have access to JLD-focused benefits, careers events, and exclusive discounts on selected goods and services. Visit our website for further details, resources, and community information.

Working with the JLD

The JLD has two volunteer committees that enable your views to feed into the policy and management of the division:

  • The executive committee governs and assists in the day-to-day running of the JLD.
  • The national committee acts as 'parliament', where policy decisions and members' views are discussed.

JLD committee vacancies 2017/18

We currently have four vacancies for students: one within the executive committee and three within the national committee. Nominations close at midday on 18 October.
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JLD forum - helping you to secure a training position

The JLD organises two forums a year for LPC students and LPC graduates looking for training positions. They are free to attend and include the opportunity to have your CV reviewed. Please look out for details of these events on the JLD website, in the JLD newsletter and our social media sites.

JLD essay competition

The annual JLD essay competition is open to LPC students and LPC graduates as well as trainees. It is an opportunity to compete for prize money and see your essay published on the JLD website, as well as hone your drafting skills on a subject of professional relevance.

  • This year's title is: Where is the line between legitimate accountability and calling judges ‘enemies of the people’?
  • The closing date for submissions is 30 November.
  • For further information visit the JLD website

LPC ambassadors - volunteers required

The JLD is looking for current LPC students to become JLD ambassadors at their LPC provider, ensuring there are open channels of communication between the JLD executive committee and its student members, and that issues affecting students are properly addressed and come to the attention of the JLD.
Read more about the role and how to apply

The solicitors qualifying exam - what we know so far

As you are no doubt aware, from 2020 there is likely to be a new way to qualify as a solicitor.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) proposed reboot of the solicitor qualification system has gained a lot of media coverage, both positive and negative, with the outcome of it all being that the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) will go ahead. To assist our members keep up to date as the proposals develop we have published a briefing note and FAQs.
Read the briefing note and FAQs

Career development service

The Law Society’s career development service helps potential and existing members to make informed choices throughout the various stages of their career. The service offers a range of events, webinars, advice/guidance and publications.
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How to get involved

There are many ways you can get involved with the JLD, ranging from joining a local JLD group to writing for our website. Find out more on the JLD website

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The Law Society

For further information about the Law Society and the various community groups which may be of interest to you, please visit the Law Society website.

The Law Society's career development service helps potential and existing members to make informed choices throughout the various stages of their career. The service offers a range of events, webinars, advice/guidance and publications. For further information visit the law careers website.