Junior lawyers

Get involved with JLD

You can get involved with the work of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) if you’re a:

  • solicitor apprentice
  • student of the Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • LPC graduate
  • trainee
  • solicitor up to five years' PQE

Membership of the JLD is free and automatic if you belong to one of these groups. There is no registration or enrolment process.

Attending our events

The JLD organises events including free skills courses for different groups, such as students and paralegals looking for training positions, and trainees and newly qualified solicitors regarding career development.

We also organise an annual conference and ball as well as webinars and podcasts. Look out for these events in our Junior Lawyer update emails and on our website or social media. 

Find out more about our events, webinars and podcasts

Contributing to our policy work

Our executive committee responds to consultations which are relevant to junior lawyers. It also develops its own campaigns and policy initiatives. The JLD has its own representative voice which is independent of the Law Society’s.

View our consultation responses

Contact us if you’d like to share your views on any of our policy work, projects or campaigns, or if you’d like us to look at other issues relevant to junior lawyers. We’ll keep your comments confidential.

Getting involved with your local JLD group

The JLD has a network of independent local groups. The groups hold events and offer other support to junior lawyers, and they’re always looking for new members to get involved.

Find a local group near you

If you’re in an area that does not have a local JLD group, you might want to set one up. We’ve published a JLD local group handbook (PDF 433 KB) to help.

Subscribing to our newsletter

The JLD’s e-newsletter rounds up news, events and features to support you in your work.

Subscribe to Junior Lawyer Update

Write for us

Would you like to write an article, review or blog for us? Or are there any topics you’d like us to cover?

Tell us your ideas

Having your say on social media

Find the JLD on the following platforms:

Joining our executive committee

The JLD has an executive committee which meets every six to eight weeks and helps guide the Law Society and others in supporting junior lawyers.

Each year, the JLD holds elections for positions on the committee. All JLD members can apply. Nominations open in September and close in October. We advertise the elections on our website, in our Junior Lawyer Update newsletter, and on social media.

Find out more about our committee

Attending a JLD national committee meeting

Three times a year, our executive committee meets with representatives from the local JLD groups to talk about issues affecting junior lawyers. The meetings are at the weekend, usually on a Saturday.

We offer a limited number of places for other JLD members to attend these meetings. We cannot cover travel expenses.

Request a place

Joining the Law Society Council or other committees

The Law Society is governed by its Council, set up under its Royal Charter. The Council agrees the strategic direction of the Society's work. There are three elected JLD representatives on the Council:

  • one for LPC students/trainees
  • two for solicitors with up to five years’ PQE 

Find out more about our governance structure

The Law Society also has other committees which cover legal policy and regulatory issues, and how they develop and deliver services to members.

Some of these specialist committees have junior lawyer seats. You must be a solicitor for the majority of these positions but junior lawyers (up to 5 years PQE) can apply.

We advertise vacancies for Council and the specialist committees on our website, in our Junior Lawyer Update newsletter, and on social media.

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