This year we are seeking around fifteen host organisations for the Justice First Fellowship. Applicants have to show that they are:

  • experts in different categories of social welfare law
  • involved, in different ways, in work that is of national significance
  • committed to training and development for staff, and registered as training establishments with the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority
  • likely to be financially stable for the duration of the training contract

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.

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 form.

We are also interested in supporting trainees who specialise in immigration law in partnership with Justice Together.

Please note: this next round of Justice First Fellowship will continue to support graduates of the LPC to undertake a training contract. We are keeping in close touch with developments on SQE and will be adapting the Fellowship for future years.

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:

Host a Trainee Solicitor





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