The Access to Justice Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations.
“Does the legal profession prioritise access to justice for all?”
The Access to Justice Foundation in association with LawWorks are inviting law students to enter their sixth 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 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 the ongoing cuts in government funding of legal aid and free legal advice and the profession’s reaction to these in a changing advice
landscape. 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 at the Student Pro Bono Awards in Spring 2015. The winning essay will be published in the New Law Journal and receive a prize of £300 worth of book vouchers kindly sponsored by Lexis Nexis.
Please submit your article in Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of midnight on 1 February 2015. Undergraduate and postgraduate law students may apply, including GLD, 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 and distributes funds and works with a matrix of Legal Support Trusts to support the pro bono and free legal advice sector. The Foundation receives pro bono costs orders under s. 194 of the Legal Services Act 2007 and uses dormant client account funds through the It’s Not Just Peanuts Campaign 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