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The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is a division of the Law Society for junior lawyers across England and Wales. The division, which has an independent voice, represents, campaigns and provides services for LPC students, paralegals looking for training contracts, trainee solicitors, and solicitors up to five years qualified.

With over 75,000 members, it is one of the largest communities within the Law Society. The JLD is based out of the Law Society’s offices in Chancery Lane, London. Membership of the JLD is free and automatic for those within its membership group.

The JLD provides members with an opportunity to network and connect with other junior lawyers, discuss issues that concern them and benefit from training and advice provided at conferences, meetings and events.

The JLD is all about its community and their needs. To enable us to better represent you, we want to hear from you. Email us at


Law Society Diversity Access Scheme – how it can help you finance your LPC

What is the DAS?

The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) is a scholarship for students who would otherwise be unable to fund the cost of their LPC fees. It also provides excellent all round support for students who are successful in their application.

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JLD early career work experience - survey findings

Earlier this year the JLD invited junior lawyers to participate in its early career work experience survey.

The results of the survey are now available (PDF 506kb).

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JLD essay competition 2014 - winners announced

The JLD is very pleased to announce the results of the 2014 JLD essay competition.

"Technology advances have dramatically changed the legal sector in recent years. How do you think solicitors can further adapt to accommodate these advances? Will there still be a place for solicitors in 20 years?"

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Training contract troubleshooting: practical guidance on starting your training contract

Emma Dickinson, a JLD representative on the Law Society Council, offers practical guidance on starting your training contract, including negotiating terms and conditions, keeping your trainee diary up to date and other regulatory requirements you need to observe.

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