Junior Lawyers Division campaigns
The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) campaigns on key issues affecting junior lawyers.
Whether you’re a student or a newly qualified solicitor, junior lawyers face many challenges.
Our members are the future of the profession, so the JLD wants to make sure that your views are heard.
Find out about our current campaigns:
- Supporting access to justice – access to justice for everyone is essential to our society, we're fighting to ensure this right is maintained
- Booze Culture – we’re raising awareness of alcohol-related issues and alternative approaches for our work and social lives
- Solicitors Qualifying Exam – we’re engaging with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Legal Services Board, and responding to consultations about how the new route to qualifying as a solicitor will work
- Bullying and sexual harrassment – younger lawyers are disproportionately affected by bullying and sexual harassment at work, and we want to address this
- Wellbeing – we carry out research on stress and mental health among junior lawyers, to help us better support you and offer guidance for employers
We also respond to various individual consultations on other issues impacting junior lawyers.
Some areas we’ve focused on since 2015 include:
- trainee notice periods – in January 2018, the Law Society introduced guidance on retention notice periods, following a request from the JLD
- best practice for work experience – in February 2016, following research by the JLD, the Law Society published guidance for organisations offering law-related work experience placements
- minimum salary for trainees – in November 2015, the Law Society introduced a recommended minimum salary for trainees, with the JLD’s support
- Voluntary code of recruitment for trainee solicitors – the JLD is a key signatory of this recommended standard for employers