JLD Forum in Sheffield: Free skills event for junior lawyers
On Saturday 11th March, the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of The Law Society of England and Wales hosted a free one-day skills event at Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with the Sheffield JLD. The event consisted of seminars, discussions and activities delivered by experienced industry professionals, aimed at those approaching qualification or lawyers who have begun to acquire PQE.
Switalskis Director and Solicitor Advocate Ranjit Uppal appeared at the event to share his experiences and advice on undertaking pro bono and volunteering work within the legal profession. Ranjit spoke alongside Yogi Amin (Irwin Mitchell), and Louise Glover and Gillian Hutchins (Sheffield Legal Clinic, University of Sheffield).
Ranjit is a former Sheffield Hallam student, so this event saw him returning to his old stomping grounds to impart knowledge to a new generation of junior lawyers.
Supporting early-career lawyers: The Junior Lawyers Division
A career in the legal profession can be extremely rewarding but most lawyers will agree that it is also highly competitive with many of those working at junior level finding it hard to progress. The challenges facing junior lawyers are numerous; whether they are seeking a training contract or hoping to qualify by other means. The challenges don’t end once they’re qualified either, as they must then decide on which path to take and what goals to strive for.
A branch of The Law Society, the Junior Lawyers Division provides support and representation to early-career lawyers, creating a community, both online and via networking and training events held across the country, where they can learn and thrive.
Switalskis Solicitors has strong ties with the JLD through Solicitor Amy Clowrey who sits as an Executive Committee member.
Commenting on the JLD, Amy Clowrey said:
“The JLD provides members with an opportunity to network and, importantly, to connect with other junior lawyers and discuss any issues that concern them. Members can benefit from a wide range of training and advice provided at JLD conferences and meetings.
Since being involved with the JLD, I have assisted with organising conferences, forums and other networking and educational events. I’ve also had the opportunity to campaign on important issues that affect junior lawyers and the profession as a whole.”
To find out more about the JLD Forum, visit: http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/junior-lawyers/events/free-jld-forum-career-development-and-skills-for-junior-lawyers-11-march/5059315.article.