Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education – Trustee Recruitment

Posted January 17th, 2020 by sally

Are you passionate about access to justice?

Could you shape future strategy for public legal education?

Public legal education enables people to understand that the problems they encounter in their daily lives may have legal dimensions, and empowers them to resolve problems and secure access to justice. Public legal education is a particularly important tool for reaching people in disadvantaged communities.

Law for Life is the leading public legal education charity in the UK. We strive for social justice by legally empowering individuals and communities. We believe everyone should be equipped with the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to deal with the law-related issues they are likely to encounter in the course of their lives. We run the award-winning Advicenow website, which provides practical resources for individuals and intermediaries on how to deal with life’s legal problems. We provide education and training on housing, welfare and immigration law to community groups, activists, and volunteers and staff of small NGOs. We conduct research with academic institutions into the theory and practice of public legal education and we have grown an international reputation as public legal education experts. As a member of the board you will ultimately be responsible for the overall direction, vision and strategy of Law for Life. We are looking for an inspiring and committed trustee to work alongside the Chair, Board and CEO to ensure sound strategic development.

You will have the ability to innovate and to think strategically, while demonstrating sound judgement. You will help us to move on to the next stage of our important work as a partner in the Litigant in Person Support Strategy and more broadly in developing and delivering public legal education, both at home and

We are looking to appoint individuals who share our values and would like to become involved. In particular we would also like to hear from:

• People with digital, media and business experience, in particular ecommerce skills;
• People with experience of managing and delivering adult education services;
• People with experience of income generation and funding development;
• People with knowledge and understanding of disadvantaged communities.

This role is voluntary and unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Trustees are expected to attend approximately six meetings and one away day each year, and the overall time commitment is around one day a month.

If you would like any further information and an application form please email

Application also available to download at Applications deadline: midnight Wednesday 12th February 2020

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