The Law Society
The Law Society is the professional body that represents, supports and promotes solicitors in England and Wales. It also works to protect the rule of law and everyone’s right to access justice.
The Society has over 163,000 students and solicitors among its members, and represents solicitors working in firms of all sizes: in private practice, in-house, or within government and industry.
All legal practice courses (LPCs) are accredited by the Law Society. The Society also awards accreditation for conversion courses.
Career development support for students
The Law Society provides a range of services for students, trainees and newly qualified solicitors, particularly through its Junior Lawyers Division (JLD). The JLD supports 75,000 students, trainees and newly qualified solicitors – each year the JLD hold a 2,000-word essay competition with a monetary prize.
Once qualified, JLD members can subscribe to membership networks. Benefits include: exclusive access to training events; conferences and seminars; newsletters and alerts; practice toolkits; and quarterly magazines.
Increasing diversity by funding the LPC course
Solicitors come from more diverse backgrounds than ever before. The Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme supports talented students who face serious obstacles to qualifying as a solicitor. It funds legal practice course (LPC) places at a number of teaching institutions, and offers mentoring support and work experience placements.
Campaigning on human rights and access to justice issues
The Law Society helps raise the profile of the profession through campaigns and networking, and promotes the UK legal sector locally and globally. It makes sure the profession’s voice is heard by the right people – government, regulators and other decision makers. It campaigns for more effective laws and work with members of Parliament to highlight the contribution the legal profession makes to the UK economy. The Law Society has campaigned on the rule of law, human rights, access to justice and regulation in recent years. Where necessary the Law Society challenges the government to ensure the legal system of England and Wales remains fair, efficient and accessible to all members of society.