Welcome to the latest Junior Lawyers Division update, and the first since the legal profession was thrown into a world of the unknown, by a vote to leave the EU. As lawyers, uncertainty is not necessarily where we feel most comfortable but the JLD and the Law Society are working hard to support our members in making the most out of the opportunities created by the vote. You can find more about the possible impact on the legal profession on the Law Society's dedicated Brexit web page. If you are a trainee, LPC student or LPC graduate you might want to enter our essay competition and tell us how you think JLD members will be affected by Brexit, for the chance to win £500.
Meanwhile, JLD business does not stop and there are some consultations coming up, including the interim report of the Competition and Markets Authority, the review of the SRA Handbook, and of course, the next consultation on the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), which I know has been of particular interest to JLD members over the past year. The JLD has made excellent progress in changing the outcome of the SRA's proposal and has been congratulated for this work by a number of key stakeholders. You can find the latest on the SQE on the JLD website and I'd like to thank all of our members who have contributed so far by sharing your views with us.
We also have some great events coming up. The Junior Lawyers International Weekend sees us hosting junior lawyers from across Europe and beyond. If you can, please join us for the whole event, or just the gala dinner on 24 September, which is a real highlight of the event. In terms of events specifically for you, we have our two free skills forums in London: one for junior solicitors and for those about to qualify (17 September) and another for those looking for a training position (8 October). Please see below for further details including how to register.
On behalf of the JLD committee, we look forward to seeing you there soon. 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
If you are an LPC student, LPC graduate or trainee solicitor, consider entering the JLD essay competition. The question this year is: 'How do you think Brexit will affect junior lawyers?' The deadline is 30 November and the winner will receive £500.
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Booking has now opened for this year's Anglo-Dutch Exchange (ADE) - now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Visit the Netherlands on 4 to 8 October for a four day legal, judicial and cultural programme.
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Nominations are now open for the annual LawWorks pro bono awards, including a specific category supported by the Junior Lawyers Division for trainees and solicitors up to five years qualified. The deadline for nominations is 10 October.
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Insights is a community of members who regularly contribute views on a range of topics, from government and regulators' proposals to practice issues and the ways in which the Society can improve its support services to members.
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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.
Book your place - 17 September, London
This event provides junior lawyers from around the world with practical career development skills, alongside the opportunity to experience the best of legal London. The event aims to facilitate the creation of lasting connections with peers from other jurisdictions.
Book your place - 22-25 September, London
Join us for our International Weekend gala dinner at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street. This event is aimed at all members of the legal profession in the UK (including LPC and BPTC students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers, junior solicitors, junior barristers, as well as those undertaking the CILEx route), and abroad. The gala dinner is your chance to network with lawyers, from the UK and abroad, over an elegant and fun formal dinner.
Book your place - 24 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
This event is aimed at undergraduates. It 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.
Book your place - 13 October, London
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