Office volunteering

We have casework volunteers in the office every day. As part of our Academic Year Programme, our volunteers commit to one day a week for four months. We also have a Summer Casework Volunteer programme, which lasts for one month between June and August and is a commitment of four days a week. 

Our volunteers are the first point of contact for Advocate applicants, answering the phones and talking directly to the people who use our service. They are also responsible for preparing case summaries for our reviewing barristers.

Many of our volunteers are studying law, and often go on to begin a career at Advocate or use the experience to secure a pupillage. Volunteering as part of our team can be a rewarding, valuable and informative experience because:

  • You will have the opportunity to be exposed to all areas of law.
  • You will assist and support the Casework Team from the initial request for assistance, to the point of allocating cases to a barrister.
  • Some of your tasks will include drafting case summaries using the case papers provided by individuals who need legal assistance; preparing court-standard bundles and calling chambers to help us place cases.
  • We work closely with the Bar, and you will gain a strong understanding of the workings of the Bar as a profession.

"All the staff have been so welcoming and I have made such wonderful professional working relationships which I will treasure. I would highly recommend volunteering with Advocate for anyone wishing to pursue a legal career and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a friendly and supportive team!”

Emma Llanwarne Law Student, NALP L3 Paralegal and Casework Volunteer
for Advocate Feb – June 2019

Recruitment

We run three Casework Volunteer Programmes a year:

  • Academic Year 1: one day a week from October to February. Recruitment opens in August.
  • Academic Year 2: one day a week from February to June. Recruitment opens in November.
  • Summer Volunteering: four days a week for one month in either June, July, August or September. Recruitment opens in April.

When recruitment opens, find all the information on how to apply here.

Attendance

  • Volunteering takes place over zoom while we all work remotely, with regular training sessions and catch-ups with an assigned caseworker.

Expenses

  • Advocate is not currently providing expenses but will do when we are all back in the office. We cover a proportion of your travel expenses each week and up to £5 each day for incidental expenses such as lunch. 

References

  • Advocate will provide references for future placements or employment for volunteers who fulfil 85% attendance for the duration of their assignment.