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 intern 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 interns 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 here for an itinery from a previous year and below for some of our previous speakers.
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
Reader in Law and Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies 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. Dates 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 2017
Introductory evening: Friday 13th October | Weekend 1: 14th-15th October | Weekend 2: 4th-5th November

Each day of the training is mandatory, except the Friday evening, which is optional but highly recommended, as this is when the exonerees speak.

Information for delegates (including timings) can be downloaded here.

Places are limited. To secure yours, click 'Buy Now' in the relevant box below.
Speakers for Amicus Training Autumn 2017 will include...
Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle
Death row exonerees
Elizabeth Vartkessian
Executive Director of Advancing Real Change, Inc., Maryland
Elisa Quesada
Attorney and licensed clinical social worker

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

Current student reps are eligible for this reduced rate. You can find out more about being a student rep here.

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