February 2017

Welcome to the first Junior Lawyer Update of 2017 and my first newsletter as chair of the Junior Lawyers Division.

I would like to thank the outgoing JLD committee - Ben Fraser, Jonathan Smith and Brogan Solomon - for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the JLD and representing junior lawyers. Also, to 2016's chair Leanne Maund, who undertook an incredible amount of work for the JLD, especially regarding the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE).

Last year was busy for the JLD. We responded to multiple consultations that will have implications for our members, including the SRA consultations on the SQE and the Competition and Markets Authority legal services study . We held two career development forums aimed at trainee and junior solicitors, and two forums for students seeking training positions. Our annual conference was a huge success, with sessions on Brexit, working with vulnerable clients and developing an international career.

I would like to welcome the new JLD committee 2016-17 . I am pleased that the 2017 committee is made up of representatives from across England and Wales, from Newcastle to Southampton. It is dedicated to representing the interests of our members and looking forward to the year ahead.

Our focus for this year includes:

  • representing current and future junior lawyers in relation to the SRA proposal for a centralised assessment to qualify as a solicitor
  • providing information on the increasing alternative routes to qualification
  • supporting solicitors up to five years' PQE in their career and skills progression
  • promoting mental health wellbeing and resilience in an increasingly stressful profession
  • promoting diversity within the junior lawyers division.

We want to represent your views as our members throughout our term on the committee. Please let us know your views and concerns so we can speak out on your behalf.

Bryan Scant
Chair, Junior Lawyers Division



JLD annual conference - 8 April, London

This event provides invaluable advice on taking control of your career and offers a mix of keynote speeches, practical breakout sessions and networking opportunities.
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Diversity Access Scheme

Funding, mentoring and work experience is available for students from non-traditional backgrounds seeking to start the LPC in the autumn. Applications for the DAS for the 2017/18 academic year opened on 6 February.
Read more about the scheme

Free legal research training

The Law Society Library is considering adding legal research training to the services offered to members. Take part in the free pilot training sessions on 21 February.
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Resilience and well-being - take our survey

The JLD is undertaking a survey to gather information on the resilience and wellbeing of junior lawyers. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential.
Take the survey

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Helping you secure a training position - free LPC student forum

This one-day forum will help LPC students and LPC graduates in their search for a training position and give them an opportunity to discuss any issues they face.
Book now - 18 February, Cardiff

Career progression: Finding your path

This interactive seminar will provide advice and practical tips for those considering a change in legal career direction.
Book now - 22 February, London

Career development skills and advice - free trainee and junior lawyer forum

A free one-day event to equip those at the start of their careers with the skills for life in practice.
Book now - 11 March, Sheffield

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