Monday, August 8, 2016

This summer I completed a one-week internship at the heart of the organisation here in London and it has been a truly invaluable experience. Whilst at the office I was able to take part in many aspects of the charity: from researching, to organising fundraising events, to casework. 

Whilst interning at Amicus I have learnt so much more about the death penalty both in the US and worldwide. The shocking reality of the matter is this: the death penalty is tremendously biased by race, class and gender. A black male is nine times more likely to be executed for interracial murder than a white male. Not only this but there is a serious lack of representation available for inmates facing the death penalty.  

With all of this in mind, the work of Amicus is very important. The experience has increased my awareness of human rights and fair trials issues and opened my eyes to the pressing issues faced in the law surrounding these areas. 

I would recommend an internship with Amicus to every aspiring solicitor or barrister. Not only does it provide necessary experience of admin-based office work and legal casework, it is also incredibly eye-opening and will help to develop your organisational skills and attention to detail.  

I look forward to continuing to work with Amicus in the future in any way possible and hope to encourage people to do the same.