July 27, 2021
We are excited to announce that 19 organisations across all four nations of the UK are being funded as Hosts for the 2021 cohort of the Fellowship, the organisations are:
Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit, APPEAL, Bhatt Murphy (with Article 39), Bristol Law Centre, Centre for Women’s Justice, Hopkin Murray Beskine, Housing Rights, Howard League for Penal Reform, Just For Kids Law, JustRight Scotland, Law Centre NI, Luton Law Centre, North East Law Centre, Shelter Scotland, Speakeasy Law Centre, Suffolk Law Centre, The Community Law Partnership (with Friends, Families & Travellers), Tower Hamlets Law Centre, Vauxhall Community Law & Information Centre. You can read more about the Fellowship positions available in this round here.
The Justice First Fellowship was formed by The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF). TLEF focuses on the essential role of legal education in helping people and organisations to understand and use the law as a tool for change. Too often people across the UK are unable to get support and expertise that may be needed for them to access justice. The Foundation recognised that in order to ensure the law is there for everyone who needs it, communities must have talented and committed social welfare lawyers.
The first nine Fellows started their training contracts in early 2015. To date the fellowship has supported seven cohorts, 7 barristers and 103 new social justice solicitors to qualify. The vast majority of these alumni continue to use their training and networks for social justice, many in the same Host organisations where they first became Fellows.
Applications for Fellows open on 16 August 2021 and close on 13 September 2021. Appointed Fellows begin their placements in January 2022 (April 2022 for Northern Ireland). The recruitment timeline is here, and you can find out more about becoming a Fellow here.
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