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 details of 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 will be released as soon as possible after the previous session. Please keep an eye on this page, our social media platforms and members emails for updates.

Spring Training 2021


First Weekend: Friday 5th - Sunday 7th March 2021

Second Weekend: Friday 19th - Sunday 21st March 2021


Training will be held remotely, through a mix of pre-recorded and live sessions. 

The speakers for the Spring 2021 training session have not yet been confirmed, but see below to see some of the speakers from the Autumn 2020 training...


Speakers for the 2020 Amicus Autumn Training included...

Mark George QC

Senior criminal defence practitioner at Garden Court North Chambers

Shayla J Galloway

Metro Capital Defender, Atlanta, Georgia

Christy Dickerson

Metro Capital Defender, Atlanta, Georgia

Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle

Death row exonerees and founders of The Sunny Center

Training for 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

Training for 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

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

Student reps £45 

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