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The Bar Pro Bono Unit is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as Academic Year Casework Interns in the National Pro Bono Centre on Chancery Lane, London. The internship is for the seven month period from week commencing 24th October through to 2nd June 2017 for one day a week. - See more at:

Office Volunteering



Summer Casework Volunteers

June to September 2020


Advocate is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as Summer Casework Volunteers in the National Pro Bono Centre on Chancery Lane, London. The Casework Volunteer position is for one month between mid-June and September.


Please be aware that due to the changing situation around Covid-19 we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide all, or any, of our summer volunteering opportunities. Please still apply but be aware that your volunteering may be subject to change or cancellation. We will do our best to give you as much notice as we can about whether your volunteering will go ahead.  We encourage you to apply anyway because even if we cannot provide immediate opportunities, we may be able to offer you something in the future. 

The Role

This Casework Volunteer position is a fantastic opportunity to obtain unique exposure to the Bar as a profession and to a wide range of areas of law. You will also learn a great deal about the needs of litigants in person.

You will assist Caseworkers for one month with the following tasks:  

  • Summarising applications ready for Reviewing Barristers
  • Taking phone call enquiries from the public
  • Completing case reports
  • Allocating cases and writing summaries which are sent to volunteer barristers across England and Wales and placed on our website
  • Administrative support


Closing date:            11pm 10th May 2020

Interviews:               Online Interview - Weeks Commencing 18th and 25th May

Start Date:                June 15th; July 13th; August  10th; or September 7th.  

Training:                   One evening session the week before your start date.  


You must have completed at least one year of law-related study or have one-year experience of law-related work experience. Voluntary sector and office experience is preferred but not essential.

Shortlisted candidates will be have an online interview in weeks commencing 18th and 25th May.  The interview will include a written assessment.

You must be available for one month between June – September 2020.

The available 4-week slots are: 

  • 15 June - 10 July 
  • 13 July - 7 August 
  • 10 August - 4 September
  • 7 September - 2 October


Please read our notice above on Covid-19.  Your volunteering may be subject to change or cancellation this year.            

Previous volunteer’s feedback:

"I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in pursuing a legal career to try and spend some time with Advocate. It helps you hone crucial skills such as succinctly summarising the key facts of a case and identifying the relevant legal issues, something that should stand you in good stead for any pupillage or training contract interviews. The staff are all wonderfully welcoming and helpful, and whilst a key benefit is the range of areas you will experience (anything from Defamation to Child Protection). Ultimately you are doing genuinely important work that makes a material difference to people's lives."

Application Pack


To apply please send the completed Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form to Bryony  at by 11pm on 10 May 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered. 

As a small charity with limited staff and resources we are not able to provide feedback or discuss the volunteering positions with you.

We are an equal opportunities employer.