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Vacancy - ILPA Legal Officer

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:05 pm    Post subject: Vacancy - ILPA Legal Officer Reply with quote


The Immigration Law Practitionersí Association (ILPA) is a leading organisation working for justice and human rights, and against racism in immigration law. ILPA is recognised, through its outstanding track record, as a centre of knowledge and expertise by legal professionals, law makers, government in the UK and in Europe. It is engaged in challenging and innovative work in immigration, asylum and the impact of immigration law on our society.

ILPA spearheads debate on the restrictive nature of much of immigration law. It stresses the rights of individuals and the benefits of immigration to the economic development and growth of nations.

The post-holder will continue the high quality analysis of migration law and policy, associated lobbying and other activities which ILPA undertakes for its members. The current post of legal officer is a one year post, ending in October 2006, funded from reserves. The post we are now able to offer is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, and expands the Legal Officer role so as to provide access and ensure dissemination of detailed and practical legal information to the voluntary sector. As well as with our members, the legal officer will be working with NGOs, and migrant and refugee community organisations throughout the UK: this will involve outreach work such as consulting these organisations as to their needs, and providing and helping deliver the detailed and practical legal information they require on all aspects of immigration law: managed migration, human rights, asylum, employment, criminal/immigration offences and nationality, at the appropriate level of complexity

We are seeking to appoint an experienced practitioner/lawyer with the drive and commitment to challenge, shape and influence the drafting and implementation of immigration law within the UK and the application of European directives and legislation to the UK.The post holder will have the skills to reach out to, consult with, and effectively disseminate that information to our members, and to the voluntary sector.

Do you have the skills to determine when and how best to campaign and advocate the concepts of fairness, non-discrimination and individual rights in the field of immigration and asylum? Are you able to communicate complex legal issues to a wide range of organisations and individuals and groups, from community organisations to policy makers and legislators?

The job description and person specification for this key post and a downloadable application form can be found at

This is a full time post for three years and we are open to the possibility of job share for the role. The salary starts at a competitive £35,000 per year and we provide a stimulating and enjoyable work environment. It will be based in London and will involve travel around the country and evening work.

The closing date for this post is: 4th September 2006

The interviews will be held on: 15th September 2006

Please return your application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to
Last year, we recruited to a post of Legal Officer to work with us for 12 months. During that time, we were able to consult, analyse, inform and lobby during a time of immigration law controversy and change.

We now have a new, three year funded post, with a wider remit, including building links with NGOs and migrant and community organisations and supporting their immigration law, and related information and training needs.

If you want to challenge, shape and influence immigration, asylum and nationality law, then apply to be our new Legal Officer.

Note to applicants:
Legal Officer job description and person specification:
Legal Officer application form:
Equal opportunities monitoring form:
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