YLAL Membership


To become a member of YLAL you must be committed to working in areas of law that have traditionally been funded by legal aid, such as social welfare, family, crime, public law and immigration; and committed to working for clients whose cases are funded by the legal aid system.


Do I have to pay a fee?


No - membership is free.


Is there an age limit? Do I need to be a lawyer?


No. We welcome students who intend to work in the legal aid sector, and lawyers currently working in the sector, up to 10 years PQE or "call".


Don't be put off by the "young" in our name, this is a group for all ages and some of us are no longer that young! What we share is that we are at the start of our careers. 


What do I get as a member?


We hope that you can get as much from YLAL as you like, whether that is dipping into information about legal aid news, support from our mentoring scheme, or being at the heart of our campaigning, lobbying and organising.


As a YLAL member you will receive regular emails containing minutes from our monthly meetings in London.


You will also be told about any YLAL meetings in other locations (read more about our groups outside London here).


You will have the chance to play a crucial role in helping us achieve our objectives by joining the YLAL sub-groups (read about them here and contact us if you would like to join one.)


We will also ask for your views and experiences to help inform our briefings to Parliament and other public bodies as well as our wider work.


How do I join?


If you would like to join YLAL please complete our online form: 




You do not get a confirmation email once you sign up, but will get a Welcome email within a few weeks. 


Don't worry, we know you have registered and will add you to our mailing list. 


Not getting our emails?


YLAL is free to join and we have no ongoing membership fees in order to make it open to those on low incomes. The downside is that we do not have funds to pay for a members email service that can handle an unlimited address book.


The members email service we use says people are inactive if they are infrequently or not reading emails. If it says this about you we will assume you are not interested in membership for now and unsubcribe you, so we have room to add the new people who sign up. But of course we would love to see you back when you have time!


If you find you haven't had an email for a while (and we send at least one a month), check your junk mail, and then either email us at ylalinfo@gmail.com if you want to check your membership status, or just re-subscribe via the link above.


We hope you understand this way of managing the email list is to ensure that people who do regularly read emails can continue to receive them and so we don't have to charge all members fees.


Moved job or uni? Changed email?


Please can you tell us if an email address you are registered with changes (e.g. if you leave college or a place of work where you signed up) so we can update our email system and ensure there are no duplicates on there. This is again to keep enough room for new members. We would also be grateful if you can only register with one email address.


Stay in touch


Remember you can also follow us on Twitter (@YLALawyers) and catch up with us on Facebook too. If you ever have any questions after joining please email us on ylalinfo@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.