Amicus US Death Penalty Training
Amicus runs a comprehensive bi-annual training programme in US capital defence law and procedure, legal research, evidence and professional conduct. It is attended by approximately 400 participants each year and held in London.

The training is compulsory for any Amicus volunteer intending to go to the US, equipping them to be of maximum use to an office immediately on arrival; all applicants must have completed the course within the three years prior to applying. The training is also available to UK-based volunteer case workers, to future US volunteers not affiliated with Amicus and to anyone interested in human rights and/or the use of capital punishment in the US.
 
The training programme is accredited by 21 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points/hours with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
Training is a four-day course that is split over two weekends into theoretical and practical sessions. The schedule and speakers change each year, but see below for this year's programme.

Peter Pringle

Death row exoneree

Sunny Jacobs

Death row exoneree

Jim Marcus

Clinical Professor and Co-Director of UT Capital Punishment Clinic

Raoul Schonemann

Clinical Professor and Co-Director of UT Capital Punishment Clinic

Mark George QC

Senior criminal defence practitioner at Garden Court North Chambers

Professor Jon Yorke

Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre of Human Rights at BCU

We usually hold training twice a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. We only release dates for one session at a time. Details of the next session should be released soon after the one below has passed - please keep an eye on this page, our social media platforms and members emails for updates.
AUTUMN TRAINING 2019
Introductory evening: Friday 18th October | Weekend 1: 19th-20th October | Weekend 2: 2nd-3rd November
Location: Pinsent Masons

Each day of the training is mandatory, except the Friday evening, which is optional but highly recommended as this is when the exonerees speak.
See our previous Amicus US Death Penalty Training Spring 2019 Programme
Places are limited. To secure yours, click 'Buy Now' in the relevant box below.
(Please note that email confirmation will be sent within 3 days of payment)
Speakers for Amicus Training Spring 2019 included...

Mark George QC

Senior criminal defence practitioner at Garden Court North Chambers

Russell Stetler

National Mitigation Coordinator for Federal Death Penalty, CA U.S.A.

Elizabeth Vartkessian

Executive Director of Advancing Real Change, Inc. (ARC, Inc.)

Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle

Death row exonerees and founders of The Sunny Center

Training Plus Membership 

Students /
Unwaged
 

£7300

Non-lawyers /
Pupils / Trainees
 

£16700

Qualified Barristers /
Solicitors < 5 years call / PQE

£23600

Qualified Barristers /
Solicitors > 5 years call / PQE

£34500

Non-Members

Students /
Unwaged
 

£6600

Non-lawyers /
Pupils / Trainees
 

£13200

Qualified Barristers /
Solicitors < 5 years call / PQE

£20900

Qualified Barristers /
Solicitors > 5 years call / PQE

£33000

Current Members

Students /
Unwaged
 

£5500

Non-lawyers /
Pupils / Trainees
 

£11900

Qualified Barristers /
Solicitors < 5 years call / PQE

£18800

Qualified Barristers /
Solicitors > 5 years call / PQE

£29700

Student Reps - £45

Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If you have questions about the course, please contact us.