Law Centres make up nearly half of the host organisations for this year’s Justice First Fellowships, announced today.
Justice First Fellowships are lucrative solicitor training contracts also aimed at creating the next generation of leaders for the social welfare law sector.
Fellows undergo professional development individually and as a cohort, combining hands-on legal work with fundraising, business planning and communications. Alongside their trainee seats, each fellow also sets up a project to advance access to justice.
The scheme was set up by the Legal Education Foundation (TLEF), out of concern for the sustainability of the social welfare law sector, that had lost most of its training positions in the wake of the sharp public funding cuts over 6 years ago.
Law Centres have been involved with the Fellowship since its inception. They have progressed from one Law Centre among 8 host organisations in the first round of fellowships to 3 out of 9 hosts in the following year.
This year, the sixth cohort of Justice First Fellows will also be the largest to date, and will be hosted by 8 Law Centres out of 18 hosts. These include:
- Greater Manchester Law Centre, Manchester
- Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre, London
- Harrow Law Centre, London
- Law Centre NI, Belfast
- North East Law Centre, Newcastle
- Southwark Law Centre, London
- Speakeasy Law Centre/Canolfan Gyfraith Speakeasy, Cardiff
- Tower Hamlets Law Centre, London
Full details about each opportunity are available on the Law Centres' websites and centrally on the Justice First Fellowship website. Applications will remain open until midnight on Monday, 16 September 2019.
The new fellows will take up their posts in January 2020, except Northern Ireland trainees, who will start in April 2020.