The award-winning children’s rights charity, Just for Kids Law, is recruiting a would-be solicitor to join its highly-regarded legal team.

The organisation is one of 15 across the country which will each host a trainee solicitor as part of The Legal Education Foundation’s (TLEF) Justice First Fellowship scheme.

Launched in 2014, the fellowship scheme aims to recruit candidates with a strong commitment to social justice to become future leaders of the social welfare law profession. Applicants must have passed the Legal Practice Course. And in addition to their solicitor qualification, fellows also receive training in key skills, such as fundraising, business planning and communications.

This is the second year running that Just for Kids Law, which provides advocacy, support and assistance to children and young people, has been selected to be involved in the fellowship scheme.

Just for Kids Law’s successful applicant will work with its various legal teams, namely in education and community care, which works with children and young people facing difficulties with their education, with social services, or the risk of homelessness; youth justice, which represents young people in the criminal justice system; and strategic litigation, which takes on cases that have a far-reaching impact.

“The trainee solicitor will work in conjunction with our legal teams on direct representation on behalf of children and young people to ensure they receive the support they are entitled to, and on ground-breaking strategic legal challenges and campaigns. We are excited to offer this wide-reaching legal training opportunity to a committed social justice trainee,” said Shauneen Lambe, Joint CEO Just for Kids Law.

The successful applicant at Just for Kids Law can expect to assist solicitors with case preparation, including legal research and issuing proceedings in court; drafting case papers, including representation and witness statements; providing an advice and casework service to clients; and undertaking all training necessary to qualify as a solicitor within two years.

The post at Just for Kids Law is co-funded by BBC Children in Need as part of a cluster of fellowships aimed at protecting children’s rights. Coram Children’s Legal Centre and the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit will also be hosting a Justice First Fellow each.

Applications for all 15 posts opened on Monday, 14 August. The deadline is 18 September.


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