Amicus student representatives at King's College London have just launched Amicus Reflections, a blog detailing their thoughts on the death penalty. It is a student-run, cross-university blog and they welcome submissions from all  students interested in the cause. Take a look and get in touch with them!

Amicus has student representatives at the universities listed below.
Please contact us if you'd like to be put in touch with the rep(s) at your university - we're always keen to grow our student groups!
For student rep recruitment information, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Birmingham City
BPP Holborn
BPP Manchester
BPP Waterloo
City Law School
King's College London
London School of Economics
Manchester Metropolitan
Nottingham Trent
Oxford Brookes
Queen Mary
Royal Holloway
ULaw (Moorgate)

See below for the dates of Amicus introductory talks for 2016-17.
If you'd like to arrange a talk by an Amicus academic or former intern, please get in touch!

Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1pm - Manchester Metropolitan Pro Bono Fair - with former interns Sonia Parveen and Sam De'Laney-Curtis.

Monday, 17th October 2016, 6pm (TBC) - University of the West of England - with former intern Maddie Steele

Thursday, 20th October 2016, 6pm (TBC) - Oxford Brookes - with former intern Rebecca Saxon. Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Monday, 24th October 2016, 6pm - King's College London - with former intern Maeve Keenan. Free tickets: Eventbrite, Facebook.

Monday, 24th October 2016, 6.30pm - University of Nottingham - with Mark George QC (Amicus trustee). Free tickets: Eventbrite, Facebook.

Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5.30pm - University of Sheffield - with Mark George QC (Amicus trustee). Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 5.30pm - Manchester Metropolitan University - with former intern Emma Loker. Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Thursday, 27th October 2016, 6.30pm - University of Cambridge - with former intern Rebecca Saxon. Free tickets: EventbriteFacebook.

Monday, 31st October 2016, 6pm - University of Birmingham - with Dr Sarah Cooper (Amicus supporter). Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Monday, 31st October 2016, 5.30pm -
BPP Manchester - with Mark George QC (Amicus trustee). Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 3pm - Northumbria University - with Mark George QC (Amicus trustee) - External students (Newcastle ones for example) welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 6.30pm - Durham University - with Mark George QC (Amicus trustee). Free tickets: Eventbrite, Facebook.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 6pm - City University - with former intern William Sneddon. Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 5.30pm - Nottingham Trent University - with former intern Katie Seal.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 6pm - London School of Economics - with former intern Matthew James.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 6pm - BPP Holborn - with former intern Sam Smart.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 6pm - BCU - with Dr Sarah Cooper and Professor Jon Yorke.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 6pm - University of Bristol - with former intern Maddie Steele.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 6pm - Access to Justice panel discussion, BPP Leeds - Mark George QC (Amicus trustee) to represent Amicus.

Tuesday, 10th January 2017, 6pm - SOAS - with former intern Sam Smart. Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 6.30pm - University of York - with Mark George QC (Amicus trustee). Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Friday, 27th January 2017, 11am - UCLan - with former intern Kayleigh Astley.

Monday, 6th February 2017 - QMUL - with former intern Ami Amin. Free tickets: Eventbrite.

Thursday, 16th February 2017, 6.30pm - University of Leicester - with former intern Daniel Cohen.

Thursday, 23rd February 2017, 6pm - BPP Bristol - with former intern Maddie Steele.

Thursday, 24th April 2017, 7pm - University of Sussex - with former intern Matthew James.

But what do student reps do?

Student engagement is critical to the success of Amicus and its work. To ensure that the next generation of professionals is invested in the cause, we would like students to comprise an ever larger proportion of our membership body and of our contributors.

Student groups are key to this. The groups provide a platform for students to become closely involved with Amicus. Student groups raise funds for us, increase awareness about the use of capital punishment in the US and inspire participation in our US internship programmes.

The point of contact between a student group and Amicus is the student representative. Amicus recruits student representatives every year. If you think you may be interested in the role, please find further information below.
Encourage students to become Amicus members

Student representatives and their groups help to grow the Amicus community by engaging fellow students and encouraging them to join the charity as members. The support of members is vital in order for Amicus to continue our fight for justice on death row.
Encourage students to come to Amicus Training

Amicus student groups are in a great position to learn more and spread the word about death penalty issues. Every student group has the opportunity to host information sessions by Amicus staff members, former Amicus interns, exonerees and lawyers associated with the charity. At our bi-annual US Death Penalty Training, students will hear from experts in capital defence law and gain invaluable insight into the subject. 

Patrick, KCL rep 2016-7, gives some tips about getting sponsored places on our training course for students:

"In KCL's case, we were quite lucky in that we have had a relationship with the firm who sponsored us going back several years, so we already had that contact established. Having said that I do have a few pointers:

- Inform the firm of your plans for the year, explain how you are looking to develop the project throughout the year.
- Personalise each email. Look on the firm's website to see if they've done much pro bono work in the past that you can point to and say that Amicus' ethos aligns with the firm's ethos of pro bono.
- Talk to the firm's student rep in your university and ask whether they know a specific contact that would be suitable for reaching out to. They might know if the firm has a designated contact for sponsorship or pro bono related matters."


In addition to the tried-and-tested bake sales and pub quizzes, members of our student groups have come up with many innovative initiatives to raise money for Amicus. They have planned textbook sales, death penalty debates, ticketed film and documentary screenings and even sky-diving challenges!
Can you think of something different?

Alice, UON rep 2015-6, offers advice about fundraising:

"Fundraising was one of my favourite parts about being an Amicus student representative. I managed to raise quite a bit of money for the charity over the year, but these are my main tips for fundraising:

- Try to have a lot of diversity: big sponsored events (I did a charity skydive) can bring in a lot of money, but events like bake sales widen your audience.
- Try and think outside the box and do fun events you haven’t seen before.
- Don’t stop! Fundraising events are fun to plan and don’t take up too much time – I tried to to do one every month."

Student representatives 2016-17 have now been recruited for the following universities: Birmingham, BCU, BPP Holborn, BPP Manchester, BPP Waterloo (additional one required), Bristol, Cambridge, Chester, City (additional one required), Durham (additional one required), Greenwich, KCL, Leicester (additional one required), LSE, Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle, Northumbria, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, QMUL, Reading (additional one required), RHUL, Sheffield, SOAS (additional one required), Sussex (additional one required), Swansea (additional one required), ULaw Moorgate (additional one required), York, Westminster (additonal one required).

If your university isn't listed above, or has additional places available, to apply to be a student representative please contact us as soon as possible with a CV and cover letter.

If your university is listed above and you'd like to help build an Amicus community on campus, please contact us to be put in touch with the student representative at your university.

Please note that as all student reps are required to be Amicus members, all applicants are asked to show their commitment by becoming members.