Opportunities

AIJA Best International Future Lawyer Award 2018

The Best International Future Lawyer Award is granted by AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, for the best written Essay submitted on the topic:

“The moon is now colonized, you are in charge of its legislation. How do you handle it? In this context, would civil and common law systems be merged, if not, which one would prevail?”

This is a prestigious opportunity to show law students’ potential to their future colleagues and employers. The Award is open to law students who are aged 45 and under and are still enrolled at any University worldwide at the time the Paper is submitted.

You can submit your paper between 1 February – 1 May 2018.

One of the incredible prizes on offer includes participation at the 56th International Young Lawyers’ Congress in Brussels free of charge.

ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Contest 2018

The ERA-CCBE contest is aimed to bring together young and newly-qualified lawyers to spotlight the importance of European law for their future legal practice.

In teams composed of contestants from different European countries, they will be challenged to apply their knowledge of European law in practical role-play scenarios. Under the watchful eye of a jury of leading European law practitioners, they will learn to work with peers from other legal cultures to build strong cases in areas as diverse as business law, criminal justice and human rights.

The contestants will be judged both on their knowledge of European law and on their advocacy skills in drafting written arguments, conducting negotiations and pleading before a judge.

The contest is an opportunity for national and regional Bars to encourage their young lawyers to get excited about European law and to learn how to use it to improve their day-to-day practice.

Format and award

The contest will consist of three rounds. A carefully selected jury will rank the teams after each round. Only the two best teams will go through to the third and final round.

All participants will receive membership of the Friends of ERA Association, giving them access to useful European law resources and a network of practitioners from across Europe.

The members of the winning team will receive a voucher for free participation in an ERA event of their choice, including the cost of travel and accommodation.

All participants will also receive a certificate which they can use to fulfil their required number of continuing training hours if their Bar permits.

The contest will be conducted in English. Participants should be able to use it as a working language.
Participation

The contest is open to trainee lawyers and newly qualified lawyers (in their first year after qualification) from the member Bars of the CCBE.

There will be eight teams, each of three contestants. Each participating Bar may register up to three contestants.
If a Bar wishes to register more than three contestants, these will be placed on a reserve list.

Registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.

Fees and expenses

The participation fee per contestant is €640. This covers all accommodation and catering for contestants, as well as the organisational expenses.

Participating Bars will be asked to cover the travel costs of their participants.

Further information about the contest is available here, or you can visit www.younglawyerscontest.eu to find out more.

Hammicks Young Bar Criminal Text Offer

Donate to the Bar Pro Bono Unit

We are now in the Authorisation to Practice (AtP) period and you have the opportunity to donate £30 to the Unit.

In 2016 over 50% of the Bar donated to the Unit. This optional donation was only introduced four years ago and it is testament to the Bar’s commitment to pro bono work that over half of all Members make this contribution. This simple and convenient donation option results in a significant portion of our funding.

The £30 initiative has meant that over four years the Unit has facilitated the Bar to:

  • provide advice and or representation on 3,849 pieces of work;
  • help 1,521 people;
  • set up four major duty schemes: Rolls Building, Central London Family Court, Central London Employment Tribunal and Court of Appeal; and
  • collaborate with multiple front line agencies to support litigants in person.

It has also meant that internally the Unit could:

  • hire two new caseworkers;
  • implement a comprehensive database to support better working;
  • upgrade its IT hardware;
  • streamline processes; and
  • begin to digitise its services.

To continue this work in 2017, we ask that you please remember the Unit when you renew your practising certificate. If your chambers renews on your behalf, please let them know that you wish to donate to the Unit.

Government Legal Service (GLS) – Qualified Lawyers Opportunities

GLS qualified lawyer positions are open to barristers, who meet professional qualifications criteria. If you are a barrister, you must have successfully completed pupillage or have been exempted from this by the Bar Council. If you qualified outside England and Wales, you will be required to complete the Bar Transfer Test.

The level of entry into the GLS is dependent on your level of experience and the role on offer. You will be provided with salary and grade information as part of the vacancy application pack. The GLS Competency Framework sets out the skills applicants will be expected to demonstrate throughout the recruitment process. The GLS is an equal opportunities employer. For further information about the organisations within the GLS, and the work of their legal teams, please click here.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – EU Opportunities

UK and Brussels based team working to increase the number of British nationals in the EU institutions and to promote the range of EU career opportunities available. If you are interested in being kept informed of the latest opportunities, please sign up to the international organisations database: https://www.gov.uk/register-jobs-international-organisations. For more information on what a job in the EU institutions offers, how to get an EU related job (including in the EU institutions, European Fast Stream and UK Representation to the EU), and where to apply, click here. You can also follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office team on Twitter at @ukintjobs, for the latest EU and international job opportunities. If you are UK civil servant interested in a secondment to one of the EU institutions, you’ll find the latest opportunities on the Civil Service jobs site, under European Opportunities (you must be logged in to view the vacancies).