Pro Bono is unpaid legal work carried out for the public good. Taking part can help you develop your skills and enhance your employment prospects.
Our tailored Pro Bono schemes are designed to give you the opportunity to resolve real legal problems, and can cover civil and criminal as well as international law.
You could find yourself helping the families of prisoners, working in a demanding drop-in centre, or assisting caseworkers for the homeless. Previous students on our Amicus internships have had the opportunity to work on death row cases in America.
Here are some of the schemes you could get involved with:
Amicus is a national organisation that works on death row cases in the United States. They provide training for students intending to go to the US to work as interns on capital cases. The type of opportunity available would usually depend on the interests and abilities of the volunteers. This might include attending debated on the death penalty or receiving training in this type of work.
Citizens Advice Bureau (Manchester)
Providing advice and campaigning for positive change in a wide-range of areas including welfare benefits, housing, debt and employment. Volunteers can act as front-line assessors for clients new to the service, digital coaches and as campaigns volunteers.
Greater Manchester Law Centre (Legal Advocacy Support Project)
The Greater Manchester Law Centre is a new and exciting organisation that aims to provide free legal advice and representation to the residents of the entirety of the Greater Manchester region. Work will focus on the needs of clients who for multiple reasons of exclusion cannot access legal help.
On the innovative legal advocacy support project with the Greater Manchester Law Centre, you will work with clients on their cases from the start through to representing them at tribunals.
You will be preparing cases, advising and representing clients at tribunals who have welfare benefits issues. You will be fully trained and supported to carry out conference; obtain supporting evidence; prepare legal submissions; pre-trial conference; and represent at appeal.
National Justice Museum
The NJM develops and delivers law and justice educational programmes to support an raise aspirations about the legal system and consequences of crime. This includes mock legal hearings at Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Crown Court where volunteering students assist with proceedings.
Partners of Prisoners (POPS)
POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group) operate a range of projects throughout the North-West of England offering support to anyone affected by criminal justice processes. You could have the opportunity to provide practical advice as well as emotional support to prisoners and their families.
Personal Support Unit
Based in the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester, the PSU is a small charity with an excellent national reputation for student placements. They provide a much needed service for litigants-in-person, and you could gain valuable experience and understanding of clients' point of view. Many of our student volunteers at PSU have been inspired to build a future in the legal profession and to gain skills that will make a difference.
A campaigning organisation dedicated to combatting homelessness and assisting with housing related problems. Provides student volunteers with training to enable them to provide assistance and administrative support to Shelter caseworkers and solicitors in relation their work on housing, debt, welfare benefits and community care matters.
Slater & Gordon
One of the UK's largest law firms with offices nationwide, including Manchester. Providing legal expertise in a wide range of personal legal services including family law, personal injury, wills and probate, employment law and a full service of business affairs.
The firms offers Manchester Law School students the opportunity to support their free trade union advice line, assisting legal advisers in a demanding but rewarding research role. Students undertake legal research on real client files and see the outcomes of that research being fed back to the client.
Business Law Cafe
The Business Law Café is where students and commercial lawyers work together to provide much needed free legal support to start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Business Law Café provides advice and information in general commercial areas, corporate law, intellectual property, property law and non-contentious employment law.
Working alongside commercial lawyers from international law firms, students carry out client meetings, have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the case and the experience with the lawyers involved and then afterwards prepare a letter of information for the client under supervision of the lawyers. Volunteering students will gain practical legal experience with real client queries, developing professional skills and commercial acumen, both highly desired by employers.