The Bar Pro Bono Unit is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as Casework Volunteers in the National Pro Bono Centre on Chancery Lane, London.
This Casework Volunteer position is a fantastic opportunity to obtain unique exposure to the Bar as a profession and to a wide range of areas of law. The candidate will also learn a great deal about the needs of litigants in person. The Casework Volunteer position is for one day per week from 5th February – 1st June 2018 and we can offer up to £50 towards travel per week and up to £5 towards lunch per day.
The application pack is attached for your information.
Deadline for applications: Midday Friday 12th January 2018, applications received after this time will not be considered.
You will assist Caseworkers with the following tasks:
a) summarising applications and case papers ready for Reviewing Barristers
b) taking phone call enquiries from members of public
c) completing case reports
d) allocating cases and writing summaries which are sent to volunteer Barristers across England and Wales and placed on our members website
e) administrative support
Previous volunteer’s feedback:
"I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in pursuing a legal career to try and spend some time with the BPBU. It helps you hone crucial skills such as succinctly summarising the key facts of a case and identifying the relevant legal issues, something that should stand you in good stead for any pupillage or training contract interviews. The staff are all wonderfully welcoming and helpful, and whilst a key benefit is the range of areas you will experience (anything from Defamation to Child Protection). Ultimately you are doing genuinely important work that makes a material difference to people's lives."
You must have completed at least one year of law-related study or have one-year experience of law-related work. Voluntary sector and office experience is preferred but not essential. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at our offices the week commencing 15th January 2017. The interview will include a written assessment.
Application is by way of an application form; CVs and covering letters will not be accepted. For further information about volunteering and how to apply visit https://barprobono.org.uk/work-for-us.html