The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has boosted the number of awards available under its Training Contracts Grants Scheme in bid to encourage more students to specialise in legal aid work.
It has recently awarded 150 grants worth a whopping 3m, an increase of 50 per cent, to 150 legal aid organisations to fund the training contracts of 150 new trainees. Each grant, which is worth up to 20,000 can be used to fund 60 per cent of Legal Practice Course tuition fees and/or 100 per cent of the Professional Skills Course and/or 50 per cent of the Solicitors Regulation Authority minimum trainee solicitor salary.
An LSC grant has supported Kim Brereton, currently a trainee with Jeary & Lewis. “I like working for a legally aided firm. Theres high job satisfaction, particularly in working with legally aided clients, as theyre really in need of help. Its very fulfilling,” said Brereton.
Michael Jeary, partner of Jeary & Lewis added: “These students are an asset for any legal aid organisation. They are effective from day one.
The successful firms have now started to recruit for the LSC funded training contracts so students interested in applying should contact the organisations directly.
A full list of the organisations that have received a grant can be found on the LSCs website www.legalservices.gov.uk.