Launched in January 2008 for junior lawyers across England and Wales, the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is a division of the Law Society but with an independent representative voice.

  • With over 70,000 members, it one of the largest communities within the Law Society.
  • Membership is free and automatic for solicitor apprentices, LPC students, LPC graduates (including those working as paralegals), trainee solicitors, and solicitors with up to five years post qualification experience.
  • The JLD is all about its members and their needs. To enable us to better represent you, we want to hear from you. Email us at

What does the JLD do?

The JLD provides members with an opportunity to network and, importantly, to connect with other junior lawyers, discuss issues that concern them and benefit from training and advice provided at conferences and meetings.

Your JLD

The JLD is responsible for representing junior lawyers, which means:

  • campaigning and lobbying on issues affecting this sector
  • providing junior lawyers with the opportunity to influence the future of the profession through their involvement
  • giving advice and providing information
  • providing pastoral support to members
  • responding to consultations, particularly those of the SRA
  • international outreach
  • running competitively priced or free accredited continuing professional development training and development events
  • social and networking events held nationally and locally

How do I join?

If you're a solicitor apprentice, LPC student, LPC graduate (including those working as paralegals), trainees, and solicitors up to five years' PQE you automatically become part of the JLD community.

There is no enrolment or joining process. You are a member by virtue of your status as a junior lawyer (as defined above).

What you need to do

We encourage all junior lawyers to keep up to date with JLD news, events and other issues affecting junior lawyers by subscribing to the JLD newsletter and following us on social media.

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