Amicus runs various volunteer placement programmes. The UK volunteer placements are based in our London office and vacancies open about four times a year. US general placement volunteers are assigned to capital defence offices for a minimum of three months. There are no deadlines for these placements because the need is year-round. Shorter placements usually relate to a specific project (and therefore have specific deadlines), require a commitment of less than three months and are sometimes open to undergraduates. 

Please click on the links below to find out more. Any bursaries currently available will also be advertised below.

The Prudhoe Caribbean Amicus Bursary:

An Exciting Opportunity For Turks and Caicos Island Residents

Prudhoe Caribbean are a law firm based out of Turks and Caicos Islands and focus on complex and cross-border representations. Prudhoe Caribbean are offering an exclusive bursary for one candidate from the Turks and Caicos Islands (with preference being given to Turks and Caicos Islanders) to undertake Amicus’s US General Volunteer Placement. Our US Placements offer a varied and hands on international opportunity to assist with real death penalty cases in the US.

The successful candidate would ideally be a Turks and Caicos Islander, and attend the second weekend of Amicus’s Spring Death Penalty Training in London free of charge (travel and accommodation not covered). Consideration would be given to a pre-payment of part of the bursary monies for travel costs. They will then go on to undertake their US General Placement in one of our 20 affiliate offices in the United States.

Applications are now open for this unique opportunity. Please apply with the Prudhoe Bursary application form by the deadline 1st March 2019. Interviews will be held in early March in Turks and Caicos and the interviewers will themselves be former interns of this placement scheme.

Minimum requirements:

  • Resident of Turks and Caicos Islands (preference will be given to Turks and Caicos Islanders)
  • Law degree or equivalent professional experience, legally qualified in any jurisdiction
  • Minimum commitment of three months
  • Membership of Amicus
  • Ability to deal well with stressful situations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience – paid or voluntary – in human rights, charity, legal or criminal work

Preferable experience:

  • Litigation experience in the UK or elsewhere
  • Valid driving licence (see note in FAQs)

FAQs:

Can applicants for the General Volunteeer Placement Programme apply for the bursary?

General Volunteer Placement applicants who have already passed the interview stage and are in the process of being placed cannot apply for the bursary.

Other General Volunteer Placement applicants can do so (thereby putting their General Volunteer Placement applications on hold). However, they will have to apply afresh i.e. complete the Prudhoe Caribbean Bursary application form.

Can unsuccessful bursary applicants be considered for a wholly self-funded General Volunteer Placement?

Yes, provided that in the course of the shortlisting/interview process, said applicants meet the requisite standard of the General Volunteer Placement Programme.
Unsuccessful bursary applicants will not need to apply afresh for the General Volunteer Placement Programme.

Can Kalisher Trust-Amicus volunteers apply for the Prudhoe Caribbean bursary?

No, volunteers in receipt of Kalisher funding to undertake Amicus placements are not eligible for the bursaries.

Can I defer my placement if I get offered a bursary?

As a general rule, if you need to defer your palcement you will be required to reapply to the placement programme.


Apply

Click here to download the application form.

Matrix Causes Fund-Amicus bursary:
Partially-funded Amicus internships in Louisiana

Three bursary recipients, who will be sponsored £500 by the Matrix Causes Fund, will spend 3-4 months in one of Amicus' affiliate capital defence offices in New Orleans. 

Key dates
  • Deadline to submit application forms: Sunday, 28th October  2018 at 23:59 pm.
  • Interviews: TBC (tentatively end November / early December 2018)
  • Placement: Placement dates to be agreed between the successful candidates and Amicus. Placements will commence in 2019 or later, and will be subject to the needs and capacities of the capital defence offices.

Requirements
In addition to the requirements of the Amicus General Volunteer Placements (see here), a driving licence is essential. The criteria Amicus will use to assess candidates for the partially-funded interns is outlined in the application form.

FAQs
Can applicants for the General Volunteer Placement Programme apply for the bursary?
General Internship applicants who have already passed the interview stage and are in the process of being placed cannot apply for the bursary. Other General Internship applicants can do so (thereby putting their General Internship applications on hold), but they have to apply afresh i.e. complete the bursary application form.

Can unsuccessful bursary applicants be considered for a wholly self-funded General Volunteer Placement?
Yes, provided that in the course of the shortlisting / interview process, said applicants meet the requisite standard of the General Volunteer Placement Programme. Unsuccessful bursary applicants will not need to apply afresh for the General Volunteer Placement Programme.

Can Kalisher Trust-Amicus volunteers apply for the MCF bursaries?
No, interns in receipt of Kalisher funding to undertake Amicus volunteer placements are not eligible for the bursaries.

Can I choose which office I want to go to?

As part of the MCF bursary programme you will be required to work in offices across Louisiana only.

Can I defer my placement if I get offered a bursary?

As a general rule, if you need to defer your placement you will be required to reapply to the placement programme.


Apply
Click here to download the application form.