Skadden to sponsor next cohort of social justice lawyers

updated on 08 September 2020

US law firm Skadden’s London office has partnered up with The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) in a bid to support the next generation of ‘social justice’ lawyers.

As part of the JUST Programme, the firm will sponsor one trainee selected via TLEF’s Justice First Fellowship Scheme. The scheme funds training contracts and pupillages at not-for-profit organisations that promote social welfare law.

The first trainee sponsored by the firm will begin their training contract in January 2021 at the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU), which offers free legal support to asylum seekers, refugees, children and vulnerable adults. The GMIAU is this year’s training organisation.

Candidates who are selected for the sponsorship will also have the opportunity to visit Skadden’s London office in Canary Wharf, as well as network with lawyers.

The Justice First Programme is open to candidates who have passed or are expected to pass by 31 October the Legal Practice Course and can show “a strong commitment to social justice”. Child rights specialists, law centres and legal charities are among several other host organisations involved in the programme.