JustRight Scotland

JustRight Scotland (JRS) is Scotland’s legal centre for justice and human rights. We use the law to defend and extend people’s rights. We believe in inclusion and social justice collaboration, which means that all our projects work in areas in which gaps in access to justice lead to discrimination and disadvantage.

JustRight Scotland (JRS) is Scotland’s legal centre for justice and human rights. We use the law to defend and extend people’s rights. We believe in inclusion and social justice collaboration, which means that all our projects work in areas in which gaps in access to justice lead to discrimination and disadvantage. We aim to tackle those issues by sharing resources, and working with non-lawyers, to explore models for providing expert legal advice and information, efficiently and effectively. We do this by providing legal services directly to individuals as well as working to improve outcomes for our clients by contributing to policy and research, and delivering training and outreach. We aim to test new models for leveraging our legal expertise within these collaborations, and sharing what we learn along the way.

The successful holder of the post at JRS will be sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP through Skadden’s Justice First Skadden Trainee (JUST) Programme, and will take up the position as a JUST Programme Trainee. Through the JUST Programme, which is administered by The Legal Education Foundation and hosted by JRS, the trainee will be given the opportunity to make connections with Skadden attorneys and the wider Skadden network, train alongside Skadden attorneys on relevant areas including immigration and human rights, and receive funding for ancillary training support costs. The aim of the JUST Programme is to support the training of the next generation of social welfare lawyers who will become leaders in their field and important advocates for access to justice, and it was inspired by the US Skadden Fellowship Program, which has provided two year fellowships to over 800 talented lawyers to pursue social welfare law. The successful holder of the post at JRS will also benefit from training and networking opportunities with the US Skadden Fellowship network. More information on the JUST Programme is available here.

The post holder will have the opportunity to gain experience across our 4 centres of legal excellence:

  1.  Scottish Refugee and Migrant Centreworking with women, children and families who are struggling to access their rights because of their refugee, asylum seeker or migrant legal status;
  2. Scottish Women’s Rights Centreworking with women who have been affected by abuse and violence in Scotland with the aim of improving their access to justice and experience of the justice system;
  3. Scottish Anti-Trafficking and Exploitation Centreworking with child and adult survivors of trafficking and exploitation, as well as serving as a hub for outreach, policy, training and research; and
  4. Scottish Just Law Centreworking with people in Scotland to challenge discriminatory policies and practices of public bodies and service providers, focusing on disability, trans justice, and race, with the aim of improving their access to justice.

All our centres require the application of human rights law, and a human rights-based approach to service delivery. The post holder will also work alongside our experienced team of human rights lawyers by contributing to our policy, training and research work through our hub JustRight For All.

Importantly, the post holder will have the opportunity to develop their own specialist legal project for JRS working under the expert guidance and supervision of our management team.

For further information, visit our website.

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