BCU*
Birmingham
Bristol
City
Edinburgh*
Glasgow*
Greenwich
Hertfordshire*
KCL
Leicester
Lincoln*

Liverpool
LSE*
MMU*
Northumbria*
Nottingham
Oxford
Oxford Brookes
QMUL
Royal Holloway London
Sheffield*

SOAS
Sussex
Swansea
UEA*
UCL
UWE*
Warwick
Westminster
Winchester*
York

Upcoming Amicus talks at universities

7pm, Tuesday 3rd October - King's College London - with former intern Caroline Skeet. Click here for free tickets.

Evening, Thursday 5th October - Middle Temple Young Barristers Association Jobs and Opportunities fair - with former intern Chloe Arnold.

6pm, Monday 16th October - Nottingham - with former intern Kate Seal.

6.30pm, Tuesday 17th October - LSE - with former intern Jack Cooper.

6pm, Wednesday 25th October - SOAS - with former intern Caroline Skeet.

6pm, Wednesday 25th October - MMU - with former intern Matthew Carey.

6pm, Wednesday 8th November - Lancaster University Pro-Bono Week - with former intern James Parr.

6.30pm, Tuesday 21st November - University of Bristol - with former intern Maddie Steele.

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. In academic year 2016-17, there were 47 reps at 31 universities and we're keen to grow this number next year.

If you think you may be interested in the role, please find further information below.
TARGET ONE: GROW THE COMMUNITY
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.
In 2016-17, 160 students from universities with student reps became Amicus members.
TARGET TWO: SPREAD AWARENESS
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. 
109 delegates from universities with student reps came to learn more at Autumn Training 2016 and Spring Training 2017 .

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."

TARGET THREE: FUND THE FIGHT & TARGET FOUR: HOLD EVENTS
Fundraise & organise events

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! Student reps hold at least one per term.
Can you think of something different?
In 2016-17, student reps raised over £2,500 for Amicus. Well done and thank you!

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."

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!