|Job Title||Justice First Fellowship – Legal Apprentice|
|Reports to||Senior Solicitor|
|Grade/Salary||£18,795, + 3% employer pension contribution|
|Hours||35 hours per week|
We work to promote social justice in Northern Ireland, using the law as a tool for social change.
Thank you for your interest in joining the Law Centre team as our new Justice First Fellow Apprentice. The Fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity to join a network of emerging social justice lawyers across the UK, including at other law centres.
The Law Centre (LCNI) is a regional not-for-profit that works across all communities in NI in fulfilment of our vision that we all live in a more just and equal society. LCNI’s mission is to use the law to change people’s lives. In 2021, Law Centre was winner in the Regional Legal Aid Firm/Not for Profit award in the Annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.
Law Centre NI is part of the Law Centre Network.
If you are self-motivated with the passion, skill and commitment to join our team, we’d love to hear from you. The Law Centre’s work spans social security, asylum, immigration, trafficking and employment law and you will work flexibly across LCNI’s areas of legal specialism. The Law Centre’s work is deeply rewarding and Law Centre provides excellent professional development opportunities.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Established in 1977 as a community law centre for the Belfast area, in the 1990s, LCNI expanded its services to cover the whole region. LCNI uses a blend of legal, policy and education tools to work for social justice, with a focus on strategic litigation that brings about wider social change.
LCNI is a regional second-tier referral agency for the advice sector and also provides assistance to the public in social welfare law. Law Centre provides free legal advice and casework and seeks to pursue strategic legal challenges that make a difference beyond the individual client. The Law Centre provides training and information support to the advice network. LCNI also produces public legal information resources so that everyone understands their legal rights. Through our policy research and advocacy, we seek to secure progressive change to law and policy, grounded in the direct experience of our clients. We work in partnership across the voluntary sector in NI to advocate for progressive social change.
LCNI is Lexcel-accredited and regulated by the OISC. The legal work of LCNI is led by the organisation’s Senior Solicitor who reports to the Director. The successful candidate will work under the day to day direction of the heads of LCNI’s legal teams and the Senior Solicitor will be Master to the JFF Apprentice.
As a charity, LCNI is registered with the Charity Commission NI and is governed by a Board/Management Committee, all of whom give their time and expertise freely in support of LCNI’s mission.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
1.1 to give legal advice to callers to the Law Centre NI across its areas of social welfare law practice;
1.2 to give legal advice through outreach and other planned activities as appropriate;
1.3 to conduct appropriate cases in accordance with the Law Centre NI’s casework strategy;
1.4 to advise and advocate on behalf of and represent Law Centre NI’s clients including working with counsel as required;
1.5 to contribute to the development of the Law Centre NI’s casework strategy and to identify strategic legal issues arising from the Law Centre’s areas of social welfare law work;
1.6 to keep records to an appropriate standard for management purposes ensuring compliance with funding and professional standards including, for example, Lexcel Quality Standard, Legal Services Agency and the Law Society of Northern Ireland;
1.7 to research relevant legal issues to assist and support the work of the Law Centre’s legal team.2. Policy /Public Legal Information and Communications
2.1 to undertake a social justice project that supports the Law Centre’s mission;
2.2 to represent the organisation at appropriate seminars and conferences, including at relevant stakeholder groups;
2.3 to identify policy and practice issues arising in the legal advice and assistance work and identify appropriate responses;
2.4 to research and produce public legal information resources, including briefings/legal information papers and other written material for publication, including on Law Centre NI website
2.5 to deliver outreach information sessions on social welfare law across Northern Ireland;
2.6 to contribute to Law Centre NI responses to consultation documents and policy statements;
2.7 to contribute to and participate in media interviews on law and policy issues as appropriate;
2.8 to work with policy colleagues to achieve Law Centre NI policy objectives and build effective external networks.3. Training
3.1 to identify the training needs of members and others including in response to changes in legislation and policy;
3.2 to produce training materials and deliver training to meet the identified needs of members and others as may be required.4. Membership/Stakeholder Development
4.1 to work closely with NGOs and others as agreed, including to administer and convene relevant meetings;
4.2 to encourage and assist members of the Law Centre NI in carrying out their advice and policy work as appropriate;
4.3 to contribute to the Law Centre NI members’ network;
4.4 to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other relevant stakeholders to support the work of the Law Centre NI;
4.5 to undertake relevant administrative duties in the performance of the above.
5.1 to assist with the preparation of reports for funder as required;
5.2 to act as ambassador for the Law Centre NI, upholding its public image through its legal work;
5.3 to identify and maximise organisational development opportunities;
5.4 to be available to work outside standard business hours occasionally to meet the demands of the role;
5.5 to undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time.
6.1 to agree individual objectives and set priorities in accordance with those objectives;
6.2 to identify own training and professional development needs in consultation with Line Manager and source appropriate support;
6.3 to comply with professional regulation requirements;
6.4 to successfully complete the recognised professional post-graduate training through The Queen’s University Belfast Institute of Professional Legal Studies in accordance with the requirement of the Law Society of NI and to complete the requirements of the Legal Education Foundation Justice First Fellowship.*NOTE: this role description will be subject to review from time to time in line with the changing needs of the organisation
|Qualifications and Experience|| Law degree or relevant equivalent degree with offer from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies of a place on the NI solicitor’s vocational training course in September 2022*
** IMPORTANT NOTE** an offer of the Fellowship will be conditional on achieving a place on the ILPS solicitors course after offer of post and passing the ILPS examination.
|Demonstrable experience of working to promote social justice||✓|
|Experience of working in partnership to promote social justice||✓|
|Skills/Aptitudes||Self motivated with a passion for affecting positive change on behalf of vulnerable people||✓|
|Demonstrated experience of representing an organisation at external meetings/events||✓|
|Excellent oral and written communication skills with proven ability to convey complex information in an accessible style||✓|
|Good organisational skills with ability to prioritise and to work effectively to tight deadlines and under pressure||✓|
|Proficient in the use of information technology and able to be administratively self supporting||✓|
|Ability to work independently and as part of a team to achieve the organisation’s objectives||✓|
|Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to relate to people in different settings, motivate team members and share expertise and learning||✓|
|Ability to produce accurate and timely reports||✓|
|Ability to identify legal and policy issues for strategic development||✓|
|Commitment||Commitment to aims of Law Centre (NI), to collaborative and team working||✓|
|Commitment to on-going professional development||✓|
|Commitment to public legal and other advice services||✓|
|General||Willingness to travel throughout Northern Ireland as required||✓|
|Available for occasional out of hours work in accordance with the requirements of the post||✓|
|Current UK driving license with access to a car (note, this will be waived where applicants can demonstrate suitable alternative arrangements or in response to disability needs)||✓|
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