Since 1992, Amicus has sent over 300 volunteers to the US. Currently, the charity places 30-40 volunteers each year in 17 different affiliate offices across 11 key states (including Florida, Texas and Georgia). As capital defenders face severe funding constraints, Amicus volunteers carry out vital work that quite simply would not be done without them.
Please read below and the FAQs for more information.
What are the requirements?
- Law degree or equivalent professional experience
- Minimum commitment of three months
- Attendance at Amicus Training (held twice annually in central London) within the three years prior to applying for a volunteer placement
- 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
- Litigation experience in the UK or elsewhere
- Valid driving licence (see note in FAQs)
How long is the General Volunteer Placement?
The Missouri Office Project
The Missouri Project is a large research project into the disproportionate application of the death penalty which we hypothesise may call into question the constitutional legitimacy of the regime. The research is intended to form a comprehensive manual which may subsequently be relied upon in strategic litigation. The project is funded by the FCO.
Volunteers will be based at Saint Louis University Law School and generally live in an apartment within walking distance from the university.
How to apply:
Please follow the US General Volunteer Placement application process as outlined on this page. For more information on the Missouri Office Project, please click the button to your right.