|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor (Justice First Fellowship)|
Graduated with a recognised law degree and will need to receive notification of admission by March 2024 to the Solicitors apprenticeship scheme at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, commencing in September 2024.
|Areas of Law||Actions against public authorities, Child law, Discrimination|
|Location||127-131 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 1SH|
|Starting Salary and Hours||£22,475.33 p.a. and 35 hours per week|
|Organisational Benefits||- Annual leave: 25 days per annum; Public holidays: 12 days per annum
- 7% pension contribution on successful completion of 6-month probationary period
- Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme
|Interview Dates||Interview Date 1: Tuesday 23 January 2024
Interview Date 2: Wednesday 24 January 2024
Children’s Law Centre (CLC) is a charity, established in 1997, working to uphold and defend the rights of children especially the most vulnerable including those affected by mental ill health, disability, special education needs, homelessness and refugee and asylum-seeking children, to ensure their equal access to services without discrimination. CLC is the only charity providing free legal information, advice and support to children and their families in Northern Ireland, addressing denial of services to which children are legally entitled, advising duty holders of their responsibilities and challenging them when these are not met through client advocacy and representation.
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This role is supported by the Legal Education Foundation's Justice First Fellowship and the successful candidate will be required to complete the LEF Justice First Fellowship Scheme.
This role will be based at the Children's Law Centre (CLC) undertaking legal services work including delivery of CLC's legal advice and information service, provision of legal outreach services, client casework, negotiation and representation at tribunal hearings, involvement in strategic litigation, policy and training from a children's rights perspective.
The successful candidate will compete the recognised post graduate solicitors training through The Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS), Queen's University, Belfast (QUB), in accordance with the Law Society of Northern Ireland requirements.
In addition, they must also develop and implement an agreed Scheme project that will advance access to justice. The successful candidate will be supervised and supported by the CLC Senior Solicitor and will have the opportunity to attend and participate in the wider support, training and opportunities component of the Scheme organised by the Legal Education Foundation and its partners.
The trainee would have a 29-month solicitor apprenticeship combining pre and post course periods of in-office training with 12 months full time study at IPLS, QUB. The period of training under the Fellowship scheme would commence in April 2024 and finish at the end of August 2026. Pre-course training includes comprehensive induction with staff, familiarisation with CLC's legal policy and procedures, child safeguarding and data protection training and access to our inhouse legal training programme. Detailed operational training on advice giving and recording with ongoing support and supervision and shadowing CLC's Legal Team in client interviews and casework and receive practical training on communicating and working with child clients. Post-course the trainees will develop their knowledge and experience of tribunal procedures and strategic casework; be supported to prepare for and represents clients at SENDIST and Mental Health Tribunals and receive training to develop their knowledge and experience conducting strategic litigation, judicial review procedure and developing legal strategies for broader impact public interest case outcomes.
Policy and Training Work
Justice First Fellowship Scheme Project
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