The Justice First Fellowship was established in 2014 to create a pathway for the next generation of social justice lawyers. Together with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy has supported the Legal Education Foundation to establish the fellowship scheme.
Law Centres and legal aid firms that routinely took on trainees in the past are now no longer able to do so without funding. Social welfare law plays an especially important role in supporting vulnerable people and their capacity to secure their rights, as well as in holding people in positions of power accountable.
Host organizations are experts in their areas of social welfare law; they carry out work of national significance; are registered to supervise trainees; and are thinking creatively about their future sustainability.