We are recruiting for our 2019-20 training & volunteering scheme
There are two components to the scheme: the training sessions and a volunteer placement. PBC’s welfare benefits law for volunteers training programme consists of up to 10 lectures which take place over two days and include group work, exercises and case studies. The training includes an introduction to advice work in Law Centres with an emphasis on interpersonal and practical skills as well as recent social welfare reforms, before focussing on a range of welfare benefits law topics serving to contextualise the work that students will undertake as volunteers.
What will students gain from this scheme?
- The structured training will equip students to work as volunteers, provide them with the skills for practice and develop their practical knowledge of legal processes. It provides students with the confidence they need to get the most out of their placement.
- The volunteering placements help to develop interpersonal and client management skills, whilst assisting with casework improves drafting, case management and advocacy abilities. There may also be opportunities for real client-facing work and assisting on appeal cases.
- Students who attend the course and complete their volunteering placements will receive the Pro Bono Volunteer Training Certificate which is endorsed by City Law School and certifies that they have successfully completed the course, rendering them more attractive to employers by demonstrating that they are committed, motivated and have the skills necessary for practice.
- The scheme provides students with in-depth instruction in welfare benefits law which is an interesting and very topical area of law. The placement is a rare hands-on opportunity to gain exposure to law in practice.
Volunteering at Law Centres and Advice Agencies
PBC will coordinate volunteering placements for students at Law Centres and other advice agencies across London where they will be able to put theory into practice and gain valuable client-facing experience.
This training scheme is provided under the terms of a grant from The City Bridge Trust. Students who enrol will not be charged a course fee but will be required to commit to undertaking volunteering placements of or equivalent to at least one day per week for 3-6 months (Law Centres and advice agencies have different policies in respect of the level of commitment expected of volunteers). The longer the placement the more you will benefit from the experience.
It is important that students who sign up for the training understand that the volunteering is not optional and only those who complete their volunteering placements satisfactorily will receive the Pro Bono Community Volunteer Training Certificate endorsed by City Law School. When selecting students for the programme, PBC will show preference to applicants who can demonstrate the commitment required and are flexible as to when or where they undertake their placements. We expect placements to begin in November 2019 or as soon as possible after the training.
Making Applications and Arrangements for the Volunteer Training Programme
The training will be held across several universities October – November. See the different training dates on the application form and please indicate ALL of the cohorts you are able to attend. Please note: if you are a student of one of the universities where training will take place, we prefer you to attend the dates of your own university.
PBC will coordinate the placements in conjunction with the agencies and will provide students with relevant contacts and information. Volunteers will be required to maintain records of the work they undertake during their placements and make these records available through PBC’s online volunteering portal.
The Pro Bono Community volunteer training scheme is open to all students, law, non-law, undergraduate and postgraduate. If you would like to apply for the volunteer training scheme please email us a completed application form at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 14th October 9am. CVs will not be considered. We are usually over-subscribed and early application will be taken into account during selection.