Should this requirement be introduced for trainee lawyers in our jurisdiction in order for them to qualify?
The Foundation and LawWorks are now inviting law students to enter their fourth annual competition, by submitting an article between 750 and 1000 words.
The article should be aimed at the legal profession, as the winning entry will be published (last year’s winner was published in the New Law Journal). In addition to discussing the existing and potential impact of pro bono work the writer may, for example, wish to discuss any implications of compulsory pro bono work on the wider profession as well as the ongoing cuts in government
funding of legal aid and free legal advice. Please address the question from the perspective of your jurisdiction, whether England and Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.
The winner will receive the Access to Justice Foundation Student Prize, which will be presented by HM Attorney General at the student awards at the House of Commons in March 2013. They will also receive £300 of book vouchers kindly donated by LexisNexis to be spent on books from their range.
Please submit your article in Word format to email@example.com by the deadline of 5pm on 10 January 2013. Undergraduate and postgraduate law students may apply, including LPC, BPTC and CILEx students. The competition will be judged by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation chaired by former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC.
The Access to Justice Foundation receives funds from Pro Bono Costs, introduced in October 2008 by Section 194 of the Legal Services Act 2007 and works with a matrix of Legal Support Trusts to raise funds for pro bono work. In 2011 the Foundation launched the It’s Not Just Peanuts Campaign, aimed at releasing dormant client account funds to support its work.
For more information about the Access to Justice Foundation visit www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk and LawWorks visit www.lawworks.org.uk