Pro Bono and volunteering
This is NOT a comprehensive list of volunteering opportunities – just details of ones that law students may be interested in or ones where KLS has spoken with the provider and KLS students are specifically invited to apply.
Citizens Advice Bureau
The CAB aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. It is free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. This is a volunteering position which will require dedication and commitment (there’s training to undertake) so apply early in your degree. Find out more here https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/volunteering/
“Appropriate Adults achieve a fairer justice system by safeguarding the welfare and rights of children and vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police.”
To find out more and to find a network in your area see the website of the National Appropriate Adult Network. To volunteer in Kent see the Young Lives Foundation website (you will also find other types of volunteering on this website which may be of interest).
KSS CRC Volunteer Mentoring
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) are part of the Probation Service and they deliver a range of rehabilitation services to people who are classed as low risk. Volunteers support people on probation to comply and engage with their order. This could include helping them into work, giving advice, assisting them with other services i.e. housing, benefits etc. or simply befriending them. This is a great way to find develop skills for work in the criminal justice system or social work. This organisation is positively recruiting students from KLS. To find out more see their website http://ksscrc.co.uk/home. Read more about the volunteering here http://ksscrc.co.uk/volunteers. You can apply sending a letter and CV to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Casework Interns, at the Bar Pro Bono Unit, London
The Bar Pro Bono Unit often advertise for interns. The current cycle of recruiting for academic year interns, to volunteer one day per week, has now ended but this information will stay on the blog so that you can access the information on the current position no matter what stage of the year you are reading this. Full details and an application pack can be found here.
East Kent Rapeline telephone volunteers
EKR welcome volunteers from Kent Law School. For the right person this role could develop into one of helping with the preparation of legal statements and/or attending court. For more information see http://eastkentrapeline.com/page3.htm
Public Law Project
The Public Law Project (PLP) is a national legal charity which aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access to justice is restricted by poverty or some other form of disadvantage.Within this broad remit PLP has adopted three main objectives:
- increasing the accountability of public decision-makers
- enhancing the quality of public decision-making
- improving access to justice.
Community Legal Helpline
Recruit freelance volunteers working from home to help with a community project. Students with language skills, particularly law students (but not exclusive) are useful. Interested volunteers can register online on the website provided below: http://www.communitylegalhelpline.org.uk/volunteer_form.php”
Refugee & Asylum seekers support groups at which you may be able to help
- Kent Refugee Action Network – http://kran.org.uk/
- The Welcome Unaccompanied Young Asylum Seekers to Ladesfield (Facebook Group) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/876961145720569/
- Samphire Project: Dover detention centre visitors group – http://www.samphireproject.org.uk/
- Migrant Help UK – http://www.migranthelpuk.org/
- Folkestone Migrant Support Group – http://www.fmsg.org.uk/
- Canterbury City Council – https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/support-for-refugees/
- Kent Refugee Help – http://kentrefugeehelp.org.uk/
- Student Action for Refugees – http://www.star-network.org.uk/index.php/campaigns/equal_access
This role is one where you can play a part in governance/compliance/holding professionals to account. Many schools are seeking Governors. Find out more on https://www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor
Big Voice London
Big Voice London is a youth organisation supported by, but independent from, the UK Supreme Court. It’s aims are two fold:
- to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, predominantly aged 16-18, through knowledge of the law and legal policy. They believe that young people should have access to the legal profession as a career. Through the opportunities provided they aim to enable them to explore the law as a potential vocation, as such increasing diversity within the solicitor profession and the Bar.
- They run projects and activities such as Judgment Writing Competitions, Mooting Competitions and the country’s only Model Law Commission in which our students investigate four areas of law for legal reform, draft legislation and publish a report, which is launched at an event in Parliament.
There are often volunteering roles available for law students – see https://www.bigvoicelondon.co.uk/get-involvedbigvoicelondon
IPSEA – Legal information/advice opportunities
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a charity offering free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Find out more here – https://www.ipsea.org.uk/ and read about the volunteering opportunities here https://www.ipsea.org.uk/ways-to-volunteer
Pro bono organisations
The following pro bono organisations look for volunteers – for some you do need to be qualified but I’ve included them here so that you can both forward plan and know that they have not been overlooked in this listing.
- The Free Representation Unit – www.thefru.net – volunteering positions.
- Law Works – https://www.lawworks.org.uk/
- Bar Pro Bono Unit – https://www.barprobono.org.uk/
- Human Rights Watch – http://www.hrw.org/about/volunteering – as a volunteer you may be translating documents.
- Law Centres – http://www.lawcentres.oi-dev.org/ – all these centres are in London