Updated: Apr 28
Executive Committee Member of the Junior Lawyers Division
The Junior Lawyers Division – Who we are and what we do for you?
My name is Leah Caprani and I am an Executive Committee Member of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society (“JLD”).
"The JLD provides members with an opportunity to connect with other junior lawyers and discuss issues that concern them. This is particularly important for in-house junior lawyers who are often a minority or the only junior member of the team."
What is the JLD?
The JLD is one of the largest communities within the Law Society and represents over 70,000 junior lawyers across England and Wales. Membership is free and automatically includes:
- solicitor apprentices;
- LPC students;
- LPC graduates (including those working as paralegals);
- trainee solicitors; and solicitors up to five (5) years post qualification experience (“PQE”).
What does the JLD do?
The JLD provides members with an opportunity to connect with other junior lawyers and discuss issues that concern them. This is particularly important for in-house junior lawyers who are often a minority or the only junior member of the team.
The JLD is responsible for campaigning and lobbying on issues affecting the most junior in our profession and provides junior lawyers with the opportunity to influence the future of the profession through their involvement.
Our recent campaign against 'booze culture' has attracted significant press coverage and the JLD recently worked with the Law Society on the publication of its updated best practice guidance for employers for promoting wellbeing in the workplace. The JLD has also been concentrating on social mobility in the legal profession and has been undertaking anonymous interviews in order to ascertain the scale of the problem.
The JLD website also has a dedicated page which contains all of its work on resilience and wellbeing including blogs, webinars and links to charities/resources. You can access the page here.
"...the JLD organises a wide array of free events for our members throughout the year, both regionally and in London."
As well as giving advice and providing information to our members, the JLD organises a wide array of free events for our members throughout the year, both regionally and in London. Our events are a great way to brush up on your skills and network with others in a similar demographic.
Our annual “Helping you through qualification and beyond” forums, aimed at trainees and junior solicitors looking to develop their careers, will be taking place in Cardiff in April and in London in September. These events provide you with the much-needed soft skills that are not always offered through your organisation's training programme, for example managing people, delegation and dealing with mistakes or ethical issues.
Other upcoming events include our annual Conference and Ball on 16 May 2020 and International Weekend in September which is hosted in conjunction with the Young Barristers Committee, the European Young Bar Association and the London Young Lawyers Group.
Bookings for the majority of our events are now open on the JLD website and I would highly recommend coming along.
How can you get involved?
As mentioned above, you are automatically a member once you enrol on the LPC and are most welcome to attend any of our events. The JLD act on both a local and national level and the local JLDs also host their own series of events in areas near you across the country.
We encourage all junior lawyers to keep up to date with JLD news, events and other issues affecting junior lawyers by subscribing to the JLD newsletter and following us on social media. The JLD has also introduced a series of podcasts looking at topics such as whether your firm/company is attractive to trainees and how lawyers can maximise performance and protect their wellbeing in a 24/7 constantly connected world.
Elections for the JLD Executive Committee are held annually in October and you can find out how to get involved with your local JLD on the JLD website.
Please let me know if you have any questions – I am happy to be contacted on LinkedIn or through the JLD website.