|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||Employment, Social Security, Immigration and Asylum|
|Location||Westgate House, 2-4 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6ED|
|Starting Salary and Hours||£20,000-£21,000 p.a. and 35 hours per week|
|Organisational Benefits||- 5% employer pension contribution
- 24 days of holiday leave and 14 statutory and other days
|Interview Dates||Interview Date 1: Wednesday 17 January 2024
Interview Date 2: Wednesday 24 January 2024
LCNI was established in 1977 as a Belfast community law centre and expanded to cover Northern Ireland in the 1990s. LCNI uses legal, policy and education tools to work for social justice, focusing on strategic litigation for wider social change.
LCNI is a regional second-tier referral agency for the advice sector and provides free legal advice and casework while pursuing strategic legal challenges. The Law Centre provides training and information support to the advice network and produces public legal information resources. Through policy research and advocacy, LCNI seeks progressive change to law and policy, grounded in direct client experience.
The successful holder of the post at Law Centre Northern Ireland 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 Law Centre Northern Ireland, the trainee will be given the opportunity to make connections with Skadden attorneys and professional staff, train alongside Skadden attorneys on relevant areas including immigration and social security, 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 U.S. 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 Law Centre Northern Ireland will also benefit from training and networking opportunities with the other JUST Programme Trainees (former and current) and the wider U.S. Skadden Fellowship network. More information on the JUST Programme is available here.
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