October 2017

It's been a busy time for the JLD. We held two well-attended events - the LPC student forum and the junior lawyer career development forum - at the Law Society, and co-hosted the annual International Weekend with our counterparts at the Bar and in Europe.

The International Weekend saw attendees from the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, France and of course the UK convene in London for a two-day legal and educational programme. As one international guest so eloquently put it: 'your country's reputation has taken a battering' as a result of Brexit. It's therefore even more important that we, as junior lawyers, continue to promote England and Wales and our legal system as the jurisdiction of choice for international disputes and business transactions.

We're extremely grateful to all our event speakers for giving up their weekend to share their tips, advice, knowledge and experience, and to those on the organising committees for their hard work in delivering these events.

We continue to lobby the Solicitors Regulation Authority on their proposals to introduce the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, and will be responding to their latest consultation on the transitional arrangements. All feedback from the JLD network and individual members is welcome - please email juniorlawyers@lawsociety.org.uk with any comments on the consultation.

Finally, this is my last newsletter as chair of the JLD committee. It has been a pleasure representing our members and the JLD. The election process for our 2018 committee is now underway and you have until 18 October to submit your nomination. I would strongly recommend getting involved with the JLD executive committee, it is a thoroughly rewarding experience.

Bryan Scant
Chair, Junior Lawyers Division

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Could you represent your peers?

The JLD executive and national committees invite students and junior lawyers to stand for election. There are eight vacancies, and the deadline for nominations is midday on Wednesday 18 October.
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The SQE - your questions answered 

We’ve published guidance and answers to frequently asked questions about the proposed introduction of the solicitors qualifying exam (SQE) and the implications for future members.
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This year's JLD essay competition title

If you’re an LPC student, LPC graduate or trainee solicitor, you’re eligible to enter the JLD annual essay competition. This year’s title is: Where is the line between legitimate accountability and calling judges ‘enemies of the people’?

The deadline is 30 November and the winner will receive £500.
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JLD welcomes new LPC students

If you've just embarked on the LPC, find out how the JLD works for you, and how you can get involved and make the most of your free membership.
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Law Society communities

The Law Society offers a range of information and opportunities through its various communities and networks, which can help you develop in your professional life.
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Get involved in National Pro Bono Week

Sponsored by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the 16th National Pro Bono Week will take place from 6-11 November. It aims to celebrate the breadth and impact of pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession across the year.
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