Social welfare training contract scheme to run every year

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By Judge John Hack on

Charity’s Justice First Fellowship programme will create eight TCs annually


The consensus view might be that training contracts in social welfare law have gone the way of the dinosaurs, but one charity is attempting to keep the door open for law students still keen to qualify into that field.

The Legal Education Foundation — a £200 million charity born out of the sale of the then College of Law in 2012 — has announced that its social welfare training scheme is to become an annual fixture.

The Justice First Fellowship programme was launched last September and is pitched at Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduates with an interest in human rights and social welfare law.

The scheme funds seven training contracts at law centres and charities throughout the UK, plus an eighth position at London civil rights law firm Deighton Pierce Glynn. The training contracts started at the beginning of this year.

Now the foundation has announced that the scheme is to become an annual fixture.

According to the foundation, this year’s crop of eight trainees was drawn from more than 160 applicants, with the successful students all women. The programme makes £75,000 grants to each of the participating organisations, which covers two years of salary and running costs.

Applications for the scholarships open later this year.


Applications have opened for 8 ‘Justice First’ training contracts at top UK charities [Legal Cheek]