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Vacancies on the AGCAS Legal Professions Task Group

17 March 2021

The AGCAS Legal Professions Task Group (LPTG) is seeking to recruit two new members: we are able to consider applications for regular members, and a Co-Chair. 

About the group

The group currently comprises seven members, five full time and two part time, and meets two or three times a year (usually in June and December and occasionally in Spring) to keep up-to-date with the changes in the profession and to discuss issues affecting graduate recruitment ranging from diversity, to application procedures to qualification routes.  We are supported by wide representation from others in the legal sector who also attend our meetings. Through this, we have established close working relationships with representatives from the Bar Standards Board, the Bar Council, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), The Law Society including the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), the Council of the Inns of Court, legal publishers, law firms and legal education providers.

The legal sector is undergoing significant change at present and this has kept the LPTG very busy.  With the roll-out of the Solicitors' Qualifying Examination (SQE) and Future Bar Training initiative, we expect it to continue to remain so. It is therefore very important to us that any new member has the full support of their service in allowing them to make a full contribution to this group.

In recent times our activities have included: formal responses to major consultations on the SQE and Future Bar Training, working with the SRA on a guidance “toolkit” for the introduction of SQE, running a successful training event on 'Law & Technology' and attending the Bar Council Pupillage Fair. On occasion, these have required LPTG members to work the odd Saturday or evening.

What we are looking for 

We are an active and enthusiastic group and are keen to welcome new members who share our interest in the legal profession and in supporting students to secure careers in this field. We are looking for applicants who would be interested in becoming:

  • A task group member
  • A Co-Chair e. a task group member who would also welcome some additional responsibilities working closely with and supporting the work of the current Chair.

Co- Chair’s Role

To support the Chair in:

  • Arranging meetings of the AGCAS Task Group – meetings are twice a year in London (unless virtual). They are divided into two parts. In the morning the AGCAS LPTG Careers Advisers are joined by representatives from SRA, BSB, Council of the Inns of Court, Bar Council, Legal Publishers, CILEX, Law firms etc. – approximately 20 people. The agenda is sent out in advance and currently follows a standard format. The afternoon is just for the Careers Advisers – where we discuss any relevant issues and plan any activity
  • Handling any initial enquiries which come in from AGCAS members or interested parties (e.g. CILEX, legal professionals etc.) and share out any tasks amongst the group
  • Devising the annual strategy document (standardised form) and a mid-year interim report on our progress for the group – with input from the LPTG team of advisers.
  • Contribute to the group in the same way as all members as below

Member’s Role

  • Attend meetings twice a year
  • Take responsibility along with your task group colleagues for the following tasks: writing follow-up notes, creating and delivering training sessions, writing newsletters (twice a year), attending fairs, sharing knowledge, following up contacts and information, updating resources, responding to consultations and sharing news at meetings.

Please be assured that whatever role you have, this is a group that shares out activities and supports one another.

We are very keen to make sure that we have members coming from across the UK regions and devolved nations.

Interested?  

Please feel free to contact Task Group Chair, Bernadette Lyons with any initial questions or queries you might have about the group, or for an informal conversation. 

Please also feel free to contact any of the group members if you would like to find out more. Contact details can be found in the Member Directory

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a member of the group, please complete an application form and submit to volunteering@agcas.org.uk by 17:00 on 19 April 2021.

We aim to communicate our decisions to all applicants by Friday 23 April 2021.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 16 June 2021 and we hope the new members will be able to join us for this meeting.