Trainee solicitor posts offered at 19 leading social justice organisations across the UK.

Hosts for 2020 include child rights organisations in Wales, Scotland and England; law centres in London, Merseyside, Derbyshire, and Coventry; legal charities and advice agencies across the UK; plus leading civil liberties law firms Bhatt Murphy and Deighton Pierce Glynn.

The Legal Education Foundation’s Justice First Fellowship 2020 recruitment round opens on 17 August and will run until 14 September, with 19 posts offered nationwide.

Four of the training contracts are based at organisations specialising in child law (Children’s Legal Centre; Clan Childlaw; Family Rights Group; Shelter – North West), building on the fellowship’s existing commitment to increase the availability of children’s rights expertise across the UK. The fellowships at Disability Law Service and Deighton Pierce Glynn will focus on disability law; the DPG post is reserved for a disabled candidate and will include secondment to Inclusion London.

For a full list of hosts, see:

Applications must be made via TLEF’s website, by the 14 September 2020 deadline.

Candidates must have passed (or expected to pass by 31st October 2020) the Legal Practice Course or equivalent and be able to show a strong commitment to social justice. Applicants can apply to only one host organisation during the same year.

TLEF chief executive Matthew Smerdon says:

‘This year’s recruitment round means we will have funded over 100 trainee lawyer posts since the fellowship scheme was launched in 2014. The pandemic has highlighted just how vital it is for people facing difficulties to have access to expert, dedicated lawyers, to help secure their rights and solve legal problems. We thank the 19 host organisations for working with us, and also our 2020 co-funders, who share our belief in the importance of creating future leaders in this vital area of law.’

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