As the voice of junior lawyers, the JLD aims to represent the interests of its members, including campaigning and lobbying on matters affecting their career and development.

Whether it is the disparity between the number of Legal Practice Course (LPC) places versus training contracts, reforms to the training contract itself, trying to get a newly qualified solicitor position or even trying to weather out your first few years in practice – many junior lawyers are facing a combination of hurdles in their pursuit of a career in the law.

The Policy Report [PDF 244KB] sets out a number of policy areas that the JLD has identified and will be seeking to address on your behalf – in and after 2015:

Access to the profession

  • The Legal Practice Course
  • Legal education and training review (LETR)
  • Work experience and internships
  • Minimum salary for trainees
  • Paralegals

Access to justice

  • Legal aid cuts
  • Court fee rises

Membership advice, engagement and representation

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • NQ - 5 years PQE
  • Events
  • SRA consultations

Junior lawyers and employment

The list is not exhaustive, and if you are aware of an issue which has an impact on junior lawyers then we want to hear from you. To contact us about any of the issues above, or bring new matters to our attention, please email us at