Application for Justice First Fellowship for UK-based Candidates 2023/2024 is out, hurry and get now. If you have a strong passion for using the law to promote social justice and are seeking an excellent opportunity to complete your training and advance your career in advancing access to justice, then the Justice First Fellowship is the perfect fit for you.
The Fellowship aims to provide a pathway to a fulfilling and impactful career utilizing the law as a means to achieve social justice. Fellows who participate in this program have the potential to become leaders in their field and influential advocates for access to justice and upholding the rule of law.
Benefits Of Justice First Fellowship for UK-based Candidates
- Training: During two years, applicants will receive full funding for training in any UK nation. They will also be provided with a complimentary spot on the Professional Skills Course at BPP campuses or equivalent compulsory training in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
- Project: As part of the program, Fellows collaborate with their Host organization to develop a project. These projects aim to advance access to justice and have the potential to generate future income for the Host organization.
- Support, development & networking: Fellows benefit from regular sessions on project development, professional growth, and broader skills training such as marketing and fundraising. They also receive well-being support and gain access to valuable networks. Additionally, Fellows develop significant relationships within their cohort, providing vital peer support throughout their training. Furthermore, even after completing the program, Fellows remain connected to our JFF alumni network. Similarly, Host organizations become part of a national network dedicated to supporting the next generation of social welfare lawyers.
To be eligible, you need to:
- Have a relevant qualification:
- For England & Wales: Applicants must have completed (or expect to pass by 14 March 2024) the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or hold an undergraduate degree and have completed and passed SQE Part 1.
- For Scotland: Applicants must have completed (or expect to pass by 14 March 2024) the Diploma in Legal Practice/Professional Legal Practice (DLP/DPLP).
- For Northern Ireland: Applicants must have graduated with a recognized law degree and will need to receive notification of admission by March 2024 to the Solicitors apprenticeship scheme at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast. The apprenticeship is set to commence in September 2024.
- Possess the legal authorization to work in the United Kingdom.
- Show the willingness and ability to dedicate two years as a Fellow, starting in April 2024.
- Exhibit a strong commitment to social welfare law.
Candidates with the following experience and qualities are likely to be considered more favourably:
- Demonstrable passion for access to justice
- Volunteering at charities or public interest groups in the local community
- Dedication to serving low-income or less-privileged communities
- Desiring to effect change in the legal community
- Possessing high-level skills and the potential to drive innovation in future legal practice
- Having personal experience with or knowledge of the issues faced by the communities served by the host organization.
How to Apply For The Fellowship
In the 2023/24 Fellow recruitment round. Applicants will be allowed to choose two Host organizations they wish to apply to. This will be particularly relevant if you reach the interview stage but are not successful in the interview for your first-choice Host.
- Review the job descriptions for the Fellowship positions listed in current opportunities and choose the one you would like to apply for.
- Complete and send the online application form. A confirmation email will automatically be sent to your provided email address.
- The Legal Education Foundation will contact you to inform you if you have been selected for an interview or not.
- If you are selected for an interview, the Host organization will get in touch with you to schedule the interview.
- After the interviews, the Host organization will contact you to inform you whether you were successful or not.
- If you are not successful during the interview process, you might be asked if you are interested in interviewing for training contracts with other Host organizations, but this is not guaranteed
For more information about the fellowship visit the official website.
December 8, 2023.
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