Role of the Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee
The Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee works to deliver key support for new members of the profession, including:
‘Young lawyers’ are members who are under 35 years old and/or have less than five years of practice.
Please see our Young Lawyers legal circles page for more information.
Know Your Rights Guide: Law Graduates’ and Junior Legal Practitioners’ Pay and Working Conditions
Since early 2020, the YLC has been working on projects aimed at improving working conditions and employment practices in the legal profession. Unfortunately, the legal profession has not been immune from instances of underpayment and unfair employment practices, and sexual harassment remains a significant concern.
The YLC’s Know Your Rights is an informative guide for law students, law graduates and junior lawyers to increase their awareness of applicable workplace rights and entitlements, to help empower them to take action if they are not being treated fairly in the workplace. »Read the Guide here.
Of course, it is ultimately the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe and fair workplace. This is why the YLC is also developing guidelines for law firms – watch this space!
Keep an eye on YLC social media pages where we will be promoting the guide with an information campaign.
Fair Safe and Inclusive Legal Workplaces: Guidelines for the employment of clerks, graduates and lawyers (Guidelines)
The Law Society released its Fair, Safe and Inclusive Legal Workplaces: Guidelines for the Employment of Law Clerks, Graduates and Lawyers
The Guidelines are an initiative of the Young Lawyers Committee, and have been drafted with the aim of promoting fair access to employment in the legal profession, promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and to support the health and wellbeing of legal practitioners and other employees engaged in the legal profession.
The publication of the Guidelines is the culmination of several years of work and advocacy by members of the Young Lawyers Committee. All legal workplaces are encouraged to strive to meet the standards recommended in these Guidelines. Doing so is to the benefit of both legal employers and their employees, and the legal profession as a whole. An uptake of the standards recommended in the Guidelines will be an important step for law firms to continue to address issues including burnout and sexual harrassment in the profession, and to continue to create a more inclusive and healthy legal profession.
Read the Guidelines here
YLC Law Student Mentoring Programme
The YLC Law Student Mentoring Programme pairs emerging practitioners with current law students to provide guidance and support to the transition from student to law graduate and then to lawyer.
The Programme runs from May to November, commencing with a launch event and will wrap up with an end of programme event for all participants, as well as various touch points throughout the course of the Programme.
For students: This is your opportunity to gain insight into the profession, invaluable advice, skills and support during your studies.
For current practitioners: As former law students, we all know the importance of guidance and a helping hand from an experienced mentor. This is your chance to share your experiences from your first few years of practice and develop your mentoring skills.
To participate you must be a current member of the Law Society.
Applications are now closed for the 2022 Law Student Mentoring Programme.