May 31, 2017
The Foundation is pleased to publish the latest Digital Technology annual report.
Previous updates, along with the original reports, can be found here.
May 25, 2017
May 22, 2017
Justice First Fellows, Fanny Forest and Anisa Altaf, will join TLEF Chief Executive, Matthew Smerdon, at an event on 23rd May to promote careers in human rights and social justice law at the University of Law, Birmingham. They will describe the training contract and pupillage opportunities on the Fellowship and wider issues relating to pursuing a career in this area of law.
Full details are here.
May 12, 2017
This is the second year that The Legal Education Foundation's groundbreaking Justice First Fellowship scheme has been open to the bar.
During the 2017 barrister round, one pupil each will be recruited by Public Law Project, the charity known for its cutting-edge work, and Trinity Chambers, recognised as one of the leading sets in the north of England.
Would-be social welfare barristers have until 8 June to apply to become Justice First Fellows in 2017. (Applications for 15 trainee solicitor positions will open in August 2017 jff.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/current-opportunities).
The barrister Fellowship includes a year of casework, followed by a year of pupillage, with TLEF meeting the full costs of both years’ training. The PLP pupil will undertake their casework in-house at PLP; the Trinity pupil will spend their casework year at the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
The two barrister Justice First Fellows recruited in 2016 say being part of the scheme has given them experience and contacts they would not otherwise have had as trainee barristers.
The Fellowship scheme was launched by TLEF in 2014 and aims to create future barrister and solicitor leaders in social welfare law. Along with their legal training, Fellows are also given additional training, including in business planning, communications and fund raising.
TLEF chief executive Matthew Smerdon says:
"We were pleased to be able to extend the Fellowship scheme to the bar last year, and are looking forward to receiving applicants of equally high quality in 2017. We are delighted to have Public Law Project and Trinity Chambers on board. Although very different, both organisations will provide the ideal environment for Fellows to not only become excellent lawyers, but also develop the wider skills and networks to help them become future leaders in social welfare law."
For more details about the Fellowship scheme:jff.thelegaleducationfoundation.org jff.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/current-opportunities
To make an application:jff.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/how-to-apply
For more details about PLP:www.publiclawproject.org.uk
For more details about Trinity Chambers:www.trinitychambers.co.uk
The Fellowship scheme was launched in 2014, and extended to the bar in 2016. The two 2016 barrister Fellows are currently based at the Bar Pro Bono Unit and will be starting their pupillages at Pump Court and St John's Chambers, Bristol, later this year.
Read a feature about the scheme in Counsel magazine, here: www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/tomorrow%E2%80%99s-social-welfare