This year we are seeking around fifteen host organisations. Applicants have to show that they are:

  • committed to, and expert in, different categories of social welfare law
  • innovative, effective and thinking creatively about future sustainability
  • involved, in different ways, in work that is of national significance
  • registered as training establishments with the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority

Additionally, our choice of hosts will take account of:

  • geographical location, we wish to cover a wide range of UK locations
  • any preferences of the Fellowship co-funders
  • an aim to achieve a balance of experienced hosts and organisations that are new to the scheme.

We also ask:

  • what funding sources your organisation has and for a copy of your latest Report and Accounts to be provided
  • whether you already have any trainee solicitors or paralegals
  • why your organisation would provide an excellent opportunity for a Justice First Fellow
  • how you will incorporate the Fellow’s project requirement into the training contract.

In this next intake, we are seeking:

  • Three organisations that are specialist in using law to support good outcomes for children and young people. These posts will be co-funded by BBC Children in Need.
  • Three organisations delivering specialist advice in London that have secured Centres of Excellence status under the London Legal Support Trust scheme. These posts will be co-funded by City Bridge Trust.
  • Organisations that are able to offer a focus on immigration advice.

We welcome partnerships between specialist legal organisations and other organisations though the application should be made by the specialist legal organisation.

If you are interested in applying to host a Justice First Fellow, please go to the timeline and application

Changes in Regulations from 25 November 2019:

  • From this date, the need to gain practical experience in three distinct areas of English and Welsh law and practice will no longer be part of the Requirements for Recognised Training – Regulation 4.1 of the SRA Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulations will replace Regulation 12.1 of the current Handbook.
  • Recognised training will continue to focus on applying and developing the skills set out in the Practice Skills Standards.

For further information see:

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