Interested in becoming a student rep?

Student engagement is critical to the success of Amicus and its work. To ensure that the next generation of professionals is invested in the cause, we would like students to comprise an ever larger proportion of our membership body and of our contributors.

Student groups are key to this. The groups provide a platform for students to become closely involved with Amicus. Student groups raise funds for us, increase awareness about the use of capital punishment in the US and inspire participation in our US placement programmes.

The point of contact between a student group and Amicus is the student representative. Amicus recruits student representatives every year. In the 2019-20 academic year we had 18 reps at 16 universities, they worked incredibly hard to spread awareness and raise funds for the Amicus cause!  

Applications for 2020/21 are now closed. If you're interested in becoming a student rep please send us an email at to find out what you can do. 

What do student reps do?

Encourage students to become Amicus members

Student representatives and their groups help to grow the Amicus community by engaging fellow students and encouraging them to join the charity as members. The support of members is vital in order for Amicus to continue our fight for justice on death row.
In 2017-18, 338 students from universities with student reps became Amicus members. In the previous year, 160 students became Amicus members.
Encourage students to come to Amicus Training

Amicus student groups are in a great position to learn more and spread the word about death penalty issues. Every student group has the opportunity to host information sessions by Amicus staff members, former Amicus interns, exonerees and lawyers associated with the charity. At our bi-annual US Death Penalty Training, students will hear from experts in capital defence law and gain invaluable insight into the subject. 
254 delegates from universities with student reps came to learn more at Autumn Training 2017 and Spring Training 2018.

Patrick, KCL rep 2016-17, gives some tips about getting sponsored places on our training course for students:

"In KCL's case, we were quite lucky in that we have had a relationship with the firm who sponsored us going back several years, so we already had that contact established. Having said that I do have a few pointers:

- Inform the firm of your plans for the year, explain how you are looking to develop the project throughout the year.
- Personalise each email. Look on the firm's website to see if they've done much pro bono work in the past that you can point to and say that Amicus' ethos aligns with the firm's ethos of pro bono.
- Talk to the firm's student rep in your university and ask whether they know a specific contact that would be suitable for reaching out to. They might know if the firm has a designated contact for sponsorship or pro bono related matters."

Fundraise & organise events

In addition to the tried-and-tested bake sales and pub quizzes, members of our student groups have come up with many innovative initiatives to raise money for Amicus. They have planned textbook sales, death penalty debates, ticketed film and documentary screenings and even sky-diving challenges! Student reps hold at least one per term.
Can you think of something different?
In 2017-18, student reps raised over £4,450 for Amicus. The previous year raised £2,500. Well done and thank you!

Alice, UON rep 2015-6, offers advice about fundraising:

"Fundraising was one of my favourite parts about being an Amicus student representative. I managed to raise quite a bit of money for the charity over the year, but these are my main tips for fundraising:

- Try to have a lot of diversity: big sponsored events (I did a charity skydive) can bring in a lot of money, but events like bake sales widen your audience.
- Try and think outside the box and do fun events you haven’t seen before.
- Don’t stop! Fundraising events are fun to plan and don’t take up too much time – I tried to to do one every month."

Upcoming Events

Talk with Madeleine Steele - 6pm, 10th February 2020, The University of Bristol






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Amicus student representatives at King's College London have just launched Amicus Reflections, a blog detailing their thoughts on the death penalty. It is a student-run, cross-university blog and they welcome submissions from all  students interested in the cause. Take a look and get in touch with them!