Applications are now open for the latest round of Justice First Fellowships (JFF). JFF is a scheme offering two-year, fully-funded training contracts, pupillages and wider development opportunities for the next generation of social justice lawyers. Established by the Legal Education Foundation, since 2014 JFF has supported 100 Fellows to qualify, with the vast majority still working in social justice law.

Now in its tenth cohort, this JFF round has positions with 17 host organisations from all four nations of the UK who focus on different areas of social justice law. This year features Hosts from Belfast to Bristol and Glasgow to Coventry, including national organisations such as Child Poverty Action Group and Shelter. You can find the full list of 2023 host organisations here, and information about eligibility and how to apply for a JFF Fellowship here. Applications close on 8 December 2023, with appointed Fellows beginning their placements in April 2024.

JFF is a route to a long and rewarding career using law as a tool for social justice, with Fellows going on to become leaders in their field and important advocates for access to justice and the rule of law. Rather than simply being a training contract, JFF is made up of three parts: training; Fellow projects; and wider support, development and networking. Read more about these three elements here.

Fellows also have the opportunity to talk part in a JFF Residential, where current and former Fellows come together to strengthen the JFF network and discuss how to work together to take forward this unique movement of lawyers committed to social justice. Hear directly from Fellows about their experience of the Residential in this video:

In this round we are excited to be supported by AB Charitable Trust and BBC Children in Need.

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