A new scheme is offering students the opportunity to carry out their training contract at a charity.

The Justice First Fellowship will award two-year training contracts to eight law graduates who have passed their LPC and who intend to pursue a career in social welfare law. Successful applicants will train at one of eight organisations in the social welfare sector, including the Coram Children's Legal Centre, the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and the Public Law Project.

  A social welfare lawyer with identifying sign yesterday

The scheme is funded and run by the Legal Education Foundation, which was created out of the proceeds of the £200 million sale of the University of Law to private equity house Montagu, and represents a rare chance to practice social welfare law from day one. The LEF expects the standard of candidates to be high and said that competition was likely to be "intense". Those in favour of anti-homeless spikes, poor doors and harsh kettling regulations should probably not apply.

LEF's CEO Matthew Smerdon, who was himself a community worker in East London, said the scheme was an opportunity "for the brightest law graduates who are passionate about social welfare law" and said the LEF's ambition was to see Justice First Fellows "being amongst the leaders in this field”.

The TCs will begin next January. Grads who see themselves as more Atticus Finch than corporate stooge can apply online between the 8th and 30th September 2014.
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