Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme

Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme (PAJE)

PAJE LogoThe Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme (PAJE) is run in partnership by The General Council of the Bar, The Law Society, The Ministry of Justice, The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and The Judicial Appointments Commission.

Interested in a judicial career?

PAJE Discussion group courses:  Applications for Winter round now closed!

PAJE will be welcoming applications for places on the next judge-led discussion group course, which starts in May 2020 at venues across England and Wales in January 2020.  Participation in a course will enable lawyers to further explore the realities of being a judge as well as any perceptions they may have on barriers to a judicial career.

The discussion groups will not provide coaching on how to approach a JAC selection exercise but will explain the types of skills and experience you will need and get you to think about how those can be demonstrated to meet the JAC competency framework.

As the PAJE programme is focussed on providing additional targeted support to those that are eligible for judicial appointments from the following four underrepresented groups – all BAME lawyers, all women lawyers, all lawyers with disabilities and/or solicitors and chartered legal executives (both with a litigation and non-litigation background) and those from a non-litigation background including academic and non-practising barristers – applications to join the discussion group sessions will be prioritised from those individuals.

The next discussion group courses will be held in venues in London, Leeds, Cardiff and Bedford from January to March 2020. Each course will consist of four discussion groups, which will last up to two hours, on a weekly/fortnightly basis.  Applications for this round of the programme closed on 7 October 2019.  Candidates will be notified in early November as to whether or not they have been successful in securing a place on one of the five discussion group courses.

Applications for the next round of the programme shall open January 2020 which will be fully advertised on this page as well as through our weekly member e-newsletter.

How to apply

Applicants interested in taking part in discussion group courses from May to July 2020, please contact PAJE@judiciary.uk stating your full name, relevant contact details (email address/phone number).

We also strongly advise you visit the PAJE webpage  where further details can be found along with application forms to apply for the next round.