Benefits of Solicitor Judges Network membership
We offer tailored support to solicitors considering or pursuing a judicial career, through a range of tools and resources.
In addition to our publicly available judicial careers information, SJN members can:
- access exclusive advice and resources written for solicitors
- receive newsletter updates
- contact us for tailored advice or support
Our Solicitor Judges Network hub includes news and updates relating to judicial appointments, judicial diversity and relevant policy developments.
Start with our exclusive webinars for aspiring solicitor judges:
- solicitor judges and higher rights – an introduction for junior lawyers
- practical advice for aspiring solicitor judges
- judicial appointments – an option for in-house lawyers?
(You’ll need to use your My LS login details.)
For an overview of roles and the application process, read our guide on becoming a judge.
To find out more about specific judicial roles, read:
- our ‘understanding judicial roles’ leaflet (PDF 706 KB)
- our Judicial Pathway kit (PDF 115 KB)
- our case studies
- the Judicial Appointment Commission’s (JAC) advice on types of judicial roles
You can also find out more on the judiciary’s website.
Shadowing and mentors
Shadowing a judge can offer you insight into the working lives of judges, judge craft and decision-making.
You can also join the Judicial Mentoring Scheme, which focuses on addressing the under-representation of women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic lawyers, and encouraging greater socio-economic diversity.
Alternatively, you can ask to shadow a judge directly, outside of the official scheme. If you're in contact with judges in the normal course of your work, for example, you can arrange this directly with a judge in a way that suits both of you.
The JAC has useful advice on how to prepare before you apply.
The Pre-Application Judicial Education (PAJE) programme offers extra support for under-represented groups:
Before you apply, make sure you’ve read the JAC materials thoroughly:
You may also wish to consider:
- how you've handled challenging situations at work and how this demonstrates your competency – start collecting examples from your practice and other activities, such as volunteer work or other roles you may hold (for example, school governor)
- reading the Equal Treatment Bench Book – you don’t need to read it cover to cover, but familiarise yourself with its guiding principles
Volunteer as a mock candidate
Familiarise yourself with the selection process by registering as a ‘mock candidate’ for the JAC’s dry runs (which are used to check that its selection process is fair and robust) including:
- online qualifying tests
- role plays
Mock candidates must wait six to 12 months before applying for that specific role, so sign up early.
Once you’re ready to apply, there are tools to help you prepare a strong submission.
Our judicial careers pages cover what to do:
As a Solicitor Judges Network member, you can watch recordings of recent webinars on preparing your application:
You can also access exclusive application tips tailored for solicitors from:
You’ll need to log in with a MyLS account.
Read the JAC’s advice on:
- using the SOAR model to set out your competency examples/interview response
- preparing for selection days
His Honour Judge Rahim Singh has shared exclusive competency-based examples with members of the Solicitors Judges Network.
You’ll need to log in with a My LS account.
Boost your application and interview performance by joining one of our online workshops designed specifically for solicitor applicants.
If you’re looking for your next step, download our guide to understanding judicial roles (PDF 690 KB).
The following senior appointments are recruited annually:
Become a mentor
If you’re interested in mentoring an aspiring solicitor judge or sharing your experiences, email us at email@example.com.
Support with your career
If you're a sitting judge, get in touch with your questions relating to:
- the judicial pathway
- issues specific to solicitors' experiences in the judiciary
If you would like to share any concern or make suggestions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch our webinars
Pathways to a judicial career: practical advice for aspiring solicitor judges, and Q&A with Lady Rose, Justice of the Supreme Court
We hope you found this information helpful.
If you have any questions, email our policy adviser, Michael Devlin at email@example.com.
Judicial careers portal – Judicial Office