Project Applications

Applications are now open & you can apply for up to 3 projects (successful applicants may only accept 1 position)

Street Law

Position: Presenter

Street Law aims to make the law accessible to the community by way of interactive presentations and general discourse with people. Our goal is to engage with those who don't necessarily have access to these kinds of topics. 

 

As a presenter, you will work in a team setting with other eager students to create online content for certain demographics within the community and beyond. You will engage with new and familiar topics which will require you to explain complex topics in an easy, user-friendly manner to the public. 

Street Law

Position: Researcher

Street Law aims to make the law accessible to the community by way of interactive presentations and general discourse with people. Our goal is to engage with those who don't necessarily have access to these

kinds of topics. 

As a legal researcher, you will be responsible for researching the details of your team's chosen topics. This position requires you to create the presentation itself in an easily readable manner, as well as creating aesthetically pleasing slideshows. This role will be an excellent opportunity for those with a tech-savvy, creative edge. 

Legal Advice Clinic Windrush Compensation Project

Position: Windrush Compensation Project Volunteer

The Legal Advice Clinic is developing a new project. The first aim is to raise awareness in Leicestershire of the government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme. Then we will  help potential claimants to determine whether they are eligible to make a claim. If so, we will help them to work out which heads of loss apply to them, and help them to prepare their evidence.

 

Benefits to the student volunteers involved: Client interviewing skills, legal analysis, an appreciation of the impact of law on society.

Litigants in Person

Position: Community Legal Companion

Litigants in Person comprises of student volunteers who work within Leicester County Court assisting individuals who have chosen to represent themselves during their case.

 

Community Legal Companions accompany litigants into court proceedings to take notes, fill out court forms, and prepare legal bundles, providing both law students with an opportunity to gain real, practical work experience within the legal sector. 

Please note: Community Legal Companion applications are open to second, third and final year law students only.

Miscarriages of Justice

Position: Legal Researcher

The Miscarriages of Justice Project aims to aid prisoners who have maintained their innocence throughout their trial and conviction and continue to do so now.

 

Our Legal researchers are tasked with analysing and finding discrepancies within prisoners’ files that could lead to their conviction being quashed and the prisoner being exonerated.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of the case files, we are only able to accept students onto this project if you reside in Leicester during term time. 

Lawyers Without Borders

Position: Fundraiser

Lawyers Without Borders is a charitable organisation that harnesses pro bono work of lawyers from around the world into volunteer service in global rule of law, capacity building and access to justice initiatives. Their aim is to develop, manage and support initiatives in human rights and global capacity building. 

The position will require you to work with our deputy director on fundraising events. You will work with the team to organise and plan fundraisers for our parent organisation.

Lawyers Without Borders

Position: Legal Researcher

Lawyers Without Borders is a charitable organisation that harnesses pro bono work of lawyers from around the world into volunteer service in global rule of law, capacity building and access to justice initiatives. Their aim is to develop, manage and support initiatives in human rights and global capacity building. 

The position will require you to research and write about human rights violations. Research tasks will be assigned to you by the director, however you will also have the opportunity to research on human rights initiatives that interest you and your findings will be posted on LWOB Social media pages and the Pro Bono Blog.

Lawyers Without Borders

Position: Publicity Officer

Lawyers Without Borders is a charitable organisation that harnesses pro bono work of lawyers from around the world into volunteer service in global rule of law, capacity building and access to justice initiatives. Their aim is to develop, manage and support initiatives in human rights and global capacity building. 

This position will allow you to be part of the LWOB Executive team. You will help run the LWOB social media accounts as well as help design posters, research tasks, etc.

Lawyers Without Borders

Position: Researcher and Fundraiser

Lawyers Without Borders is a charitable organisation that harnesses pro bono work of lawyers from around the world into volunteer service in global rule of law, capacity building and access to justice initiatives. Their aim is to develop, manage and support initiatives in human rights and global capacity building. 

This position combines the roles of Fundraiser and Legal Researcher. You will research tasks that the director assigns you as well as work with the deputy director on planning fundraisers.

Amicus

Position: Research Team Leader

Amicus is an international charity that defends the rights of those facing capital punishment. It focuses on ensuring fair and complete representation for the defendant and ensures that the death penalty is not applied unfairly or disproportionately to a demographic or group. Through its work, the charity seeks to raise awareness of abuses of defendant’s rights and improve access to justice. 

We are looking for two of our current Research Team members to take on the responsibility of leadership this academic year as we advance our world-leading research and adapt to changing circumstances.

Amicus

Position: Events and Fundraising Team Leader

Amicus is an international charity that defends the rights of those facing capital punishment. It focuses on ensuring fair and complete representation for the defendant and ensures that the death penalty is not applied unfairly or disproportionately to a demographic or group. Through its work, the charity seeks to raise awareness of abuses of defendant’s rights and improve access to justice. 

We are looking for passionate and capable leaders who are able to bring our events to life this year in order to raise funds and awareness for our charity in an increasingly virtual environment.

Amicus

Position: Research Team Member

Amicus is an international charity that defends the rights of those facing capital punishment. It focuses on ensuring fair and complete representation for the defendant and ensures that the death penalty is not applied unfairly or disproportionately to a demographic or group. Through its work, the charity seeks to raise awareness of abuses of defendant’s rights and improve access to justice. 

We are looking for keen law students with a high attention to detail to join our world-leading research teams for this academic year. Our teams have global reach and recognition and we are keen to build on last years successes.

Amicus

Position: Events and Fundraising Team Member

Amicus is an international charity that defends the rights of those facing capital punishment. It focuses on ensuring fair and complete representation for the defendant and ensures that the death penalty is not applied unfairly or disproportionately to a demographic or group. Through its work, the charity seeks to raise awareness of abuses of defendant’s rights and improve access to justice. 

We welcome applications from creative thinkers who are willing to work within a team and harness technology to maximise engagement and fundraising this year!

Immigration and Asylum

Position: Case Analyst

The Immigration and Asylum Project aims to support asylum seekers who lack the funds to make an asylum claim. This year, the project is working with the Red Cross, volunteering with their Refugee Services team. This role involves working on case files of vast variety, providing us with more knowledge of the asylum process. The Red Cross also provide outstanding training to ensure we are equipped for the role, which will give lots of assistance to anyone wishing to study immigration law or work in the immigration field. 

Immigration and Asylum

Position: Translator

The Immigration and Asylum Project aims to support asylum seekers who lack the funds to make an asylum claim. This year, the project is working with the Red Cross, volunteering with their Refugee Services team. This role involves working on case files of vast variety, providing us with more knowledge of the asylum process. The Red Cross also provide outstanding training to ensure we are equipped for the role, which will give lots of assistance to anyone wishing to study immigration law or work in the immigration field. 

Legal Advice Clinic

Position: Clinic Administrator

The Legal Advice Clinic provides free legal advice to the public. Administrators take comprehensive notes during client meetings so that our advisors can write accurate client letters of advice following interviews. They greet clients at interviews and talk them through our confidentiality documentation. Administrators also redact client files. 

 

This opportunity increases an administrator’s legal knowledge and provides them an insight into client-facing legal work.

 

​Please note: this position is open to first year law students only.

Legal Advice Clinic

Position: Clinic Advisor

The Legal Advice Clinic provides free legal advice to the public. The work of an advisor involves researching a client’s legal issue, interviewing the client and then advising in person and in a letter. Each step is fully supervised by a qualified solicitor. 

 

Please note: Clinic Advisor applications are open to second, third and final year law students only.

Insight Project

Position: Team Leader

As a Team Leader, we will require a little more time from you. There is a number of administrative tasks that we will need you to complete. This is to help with the running of the project and aids myself and Alyvia in our responsibilities within the Project.

A Team Leader will need to be proactive and organised. This is so tasks can be completed on time without the need to be chased. Additionally, you will be involved in meetings to discuss the different teams progress and what the next presentational subject would be on.

You will need to be good at dealing with responsibility and organising your team’s meetings, tasks, and admin.

Insight Project

Position: Team Member

As a Team Member you need to demonstrate the desire to help people reach goals, that seem inaccessible. Our aim is to try and educate, motivate, and advertise opportunities that are often difficult to find.

 

Within the project you will be a part of a team. Within this, you will collaboratively create presentations/workshops on a range of topics these vary from, what the legal sector is, to pathways into law, to how higher education and opportunities can save people from a life of crime.

Insight Project

Position: Social Coordinator

This role would require you to keep an eye on the social media pages for the Project and occasionally post content, both provided to you, and of your own creation. This is to help our outreach grow and develop a virtual audience.

 

Additionally, as a social coordinator, we would ask you to try and think up of social events for our project. Inclusivity is a huge priority for us at the Insight Project and as such we want to have social events for the Project that are inclusive for all!

Insight Project

Position: Well Being Officer

As a well-being officer you will work internally for the Insight Project. You will be provided with information regarding welfare and the sign-posting tools so that you can provide guidance and help to anyone who may need it.

Where any concerns were to be raised, and as a well-being officer, you felt they needed to be escalated, you would have the support of the Pro Bono Well Being Officer to ensure that all individuals get the help they need.

Project LIGHT

Position: Volunteer Team Member

Project LIGHT is a collaborative effort between the School of Medicine and the Law School at the University of Leicester with a desire to provide legal support alongside the healthcare provided by the medical students. The Project is looking to establish a greater presence at food kitchens, health promotion sessions, support groups and mentoring schemes when COVID-19 restrictions are reduced and allow members to safely do so. 

In the meantime, Project LIGHT will be operating virtually and team members will be contributing to the production of content to create an educational and informative online presence. 

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