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Law Student Help - Voluntary Positions

Oct 16, 2016

By Christianah Babajide

London Legal Support Trust (LLST)

The London Legal Support Trust is an independent charity that raises funds for free legal services in London & the South East.

The trust works to support the survival of London based legal advice centres and agencies through fundraising initiatives and providing financial guidance.

They receive ad hoc donations from law firms & top-set chambers.

You can get involved with events (London Legal Walk, Cake baking etc.), awareness raising activities.

There are also some internship opportunities which are advertised online when available.

Interested? Find out more here. (http://www.londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk/)

To keep yourself updated on any vacancies or news of the charity— follow them on Twitter: @londonlegal

Sep 19, 2016

By Sunira Patel

The Prisoners Advice Service

The Prisoners Advice Service is an organisation providing legal advice to prisoners about their rights and conditions. The organisation strongly relies on volunteers to help its caseworkers. The PAS take on two types of volunteers, Legal Volunteers and Fundraising & Communications Volunteers.

 

Legal Volunteers will essentially be interested in gaining experience in a prison law environment. Volunteers are given responsibility and training in prison law and human rights. General duties include working alongside the legal caseworkers or senior solicitor to send general information to clients and other prisoners.

 

The Fundraising and Communications Volunteers role is suited for individuals wishing to gain any experience in the charity sector. You will be responsible for working alongside the Fundraising and Communications Director in order to promote any work conducted by the PAS to potential and existing supporters, particularly charitable trusts and foundations.

 

They will pay £10 of expenses per day, and require volunteers for a minimum of 1 day per week for at least 3 months.

 

For more information on these roles and the organisation, and to apply, please visit the following website:

www.prisonersadvice.org.uk

Sep 05, 2016

By Alexandra Wilson

Amicus - Fighting for justice on death row

A fascination with the US and its use of the death penalty is one that consumes many people. Amicus is a small, UK-based charity that helps to provide legal representation to those facing the death penalty in the United States. Amicus believes the death penalty is disproportionately imposed on the most vulnerable in society, violating their right to due process. Its aims are to provide better access to justice and to raise awareness of potential abuses of defendants' rights.

 

The charity was founded in 1992, in memory of Andrew Lee Jones. During his day-long trial, details of Andrew's mental illness were withheld, vital mitigation was not presented, and he was represented by a very inexperienced lawyer. Andrew, a young black man, was convicted by an all-white jury and executed in Lousiana in 1991. Unfortunately, similar injustices are still rife within the US criminal defence system today.

 

The strong reaction to the case of Steven Avery, as portrayed on the hit Netflix show Making a Murderer, and the popularity of the podcast Serial clearly display the huge public outrage at miscarriages of justice. But away from the media's eye, similarly unjust cases transpire every day.

 

So how do Amicus fight for justice? As well as coordinating casework with law firms in the UK and running awareness-raising events, the charity trains and places interns in a variety of US states to assist attorneys in overworked and underfunded capital defence offices. The work that the interns do is vital to ensuring fair trials for those accused of capital crimes. And what if an inmate is guilty? Amicus believes that everyone should have access to equal justice before the law, regardless of their guilt or innocence.

 

Are you interested in the work Amicus that does? Could you make a difference? With internships, training and student groups, there are plenty of ways for you to support the fight for justice on death row!

 

Visit the website to find out more: www.amicus-alj.org.

Aug 09, 2016

By Sunira Patel

Reprieve - Opportunities in Amercia, London and Lahore

Reprieve is an organisation providing worldwide legal advice to prisoners unable to pay for it. They provide legal advice to prisoners such as inmates of Guantanamo bay and also those facing the death penalty. Vacancies are advertised for volunteers to work in its London, Lahore and American offices. Roles may include duties such as managing client case files, and doing direct investigation work. Volunteers are enquired go give a minimum time commitment of one day per week from a period of 6 months, or three days per week for a period of 3 months. If you are unable to meet these requirements, Reprieve also offer a “skills bank” for individuals who wish to assist with the work carried out, but who are unable to commit to a specific volunteering role.

For more information, and to sign up to their volunteer recruitment mailing list, please visit Reprieve's website by clicking on the link.

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