Admissions Officer - The Law Society of Northern Ireland

REF: BBBH28944_1631867432

17/09/2021
  • Position: Permanent
  • Salary: £30000 to £40000
  • Location: NI - Greater Belfast

Admissions Officer - The Law Society of Northern Ireland

MCS Group is delighted to be representing The Law Society of Northern Ireland, the professional body for the solicitor profession in Northern Ireland, as they seek to appoint an Admissions Officer on a permanent, full time basis.

The person appointed to this important position will be responsible for improving the Society's role as gatekeeper for entry to the Solicitor profession in Northern Ireland by newly qualified trainees and transferring Solicitors qualified outside Northern Ireland.

Admissions Officer opportunity

The Law Society of Northern Ireland is the professional body for the Solicitor profession with circa 3,000 Members who are in practice in the private, corporate and public sectors in Northern Ireland.

The Law Society is responsible for regulating entry into the Solicitor profession in Northern Ireland. This includes:

  • registering applicants as students to undertake their professional training as Solicitors;
  • admitting qualified applicants to the Solicitor profession in Northern Ireland by entering their names onto the Roll of Solicitors; and
  • considering applications from qualified lawyers in other jurisdictions for permission to practise in Northern Ireland.

The Society sets the educational and training requirements for entry to the Solicitor profession in Northern Ireland. The vocational training of Solicitors comprises a combination of in-office training with a solicitor firm and classroom-based training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast. Before someone can undertake vocational training to become a Solicitor in Northern Ireland they must apply to the Law Society to become a registered student of the Society.

When a trainee solicitor successfully completes their vocational training, they may apply to the Registrar of the Society for admission to the Solicitor profession. When admitted to the profession, their name will be added to the Roll of Solicitors maintained by the Law Society.

A lawyer qualified to practise in another jurisdiction may apply to the Law Society for admission to the Solicitor profession in Northern Ireland. Where that person's qualifications satisfy the Society's admission requirements, they may be admitted as a Solicitor in Northern Ireland without undertaking a further period of study.

The Law Society's responsibilities for the registration of students of the Society are discharged by an Education Committee acting on behalf of the Council of the Law Society (the Society's governing body). The Education Committee is also responsible for the admission of qualified lawyers from other jurisdictions who wish to practise as Solicitors in Northern Ireland.

The Society's Education Committee is supported in its work by the Professional Development Department. The Professional Development Department is also responsible for developing and delivering the Society's programme of in-career Continuing Professional Development for Solicitors.

Duties and Responsibilities

This is a developing role and will evolve over time. At present the Admissions Officer role includes the following responsibilities -

  • Working with the Head of Professional Development to deliver a high-quality admissions experience for Solicitors.
  • Administration of the registration process for trainee solicitors. This includes the registration of students entering the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University as Students of the Law Society.
  • Administration of those courses and examinations for which the Law Society is responsible as part of a trainee Solicitor's vocational education.
  • Administration of the process through which a newly qualified solicitor becomes admitted to the profession and entered on the Roll of Solicitors. This includes arranging the Admissions Ceremony for new solicitors which is the equivalent of a University Graduation Ceremony.
  • Administration of the transfer procedure by which solicitors who qualified outside Northern Ireland are admitted to the Roll of Solicitors here.
  • Assisting the Head of Professional Development in his role as Secretary to the Society's Education Committee by preparing Agendas for meetings, preparing and issuing Committee papers, and attending and taking the Minutes of the Committee meetings.
  • Liaison with relevant education providers including the universities and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast.
  • Maintaining the Society's admissions records and database, and providing statistical and other data to the Education Committee, the Head of Professional Development and the Society's Chief Executive
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time.

Person Specification

Skills Required:

  • University degree
  • Previous experience in a similar Admissions Officer role
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of managing database and records management systems compliant with GDPR requirements
  • Experience of working in a regulatory environment involving rules or procedural codes

Desirable

  • Experience of supporting the operations of Boards, Committees or other equivalent decision-making bodies
  • A proven ability to work without day-to-day direction as a self-starter
  • A proven ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders
  • Experience of managing and setting priorities for support staff

What's on offer

The successful candidate will be expected to apply themselves full time to the business of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. They will be expected to undergo such training or attend such courses as the Law Society may consider appropriate. The Law Society of Northern Ireland's conditions of employment apply.

This is a full time, permanent position within the Society's Business Team. Salary for the post will be negotiable depending on experience, on a salary scale from £25,229 to £32,800 per annum. Appointment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.

The other principal employee benefits are:

  • A contributory pension scheme to which the employer contributes at a rate of 10% of the salary;
  • In addition to the normal public and bank holidays, a leave entitlement of 22 days per annum which increases to 25 days per annum after 5 years' continuous service.
  • Private Health Insurance

To apply for this opportunity, please contact Ryan Calvert at MCS Group in confidence on 02890 235456 or send an up to date CV highlighting your suitability through the link provided.

Closing date is Friday 24th September 2021