Volunteering at Southward Law Centre

Our policy is that we ask our volunteers to commit to attending the Law Centre one day a week for a six month or 2/3 days over 3 months. We will pay students reasonable travel and lunch expense is capped. We also accept placements, dependent on availability and what we are able to offer from other universities.

Volunteers at the Law Centre will mainly carry out administrative rather than casework or legal tasks. We ask volunteers to assist in answering the telephones, dealing with callers to the Law Centre, photocopying and a range of general office/ administrative tasks. However we also aim to ensure that volunteers have an opportunity to observe client interviews with caseworkers, attend court to issue/clerk and to gain an understanding of the work of the Law Centre. For many volunteers, this experience has proved invaluable not only in obtaining new skills and insights but also in their search for paid employment. We aim to be flexible, and volunteers get as much out of volunteering for us as they are prepared to put in.

We often have more applicants to volunteer than there are spaces available. We may ask them to wait before they are able to commence their placement.

Students can download our application form via our website here in line with our guidance notes and submit completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to

If the applicant is successful they will be asked to undertake 3 remote telephone tests.  Should the telephone test be successful the applicant will be scheduled for interview which should take about an hour; incorporating letter writing and photocopying test.

The successful applicant will be notified by email/phone and/or post and will be able to commence volunteering with the Law Centre upon receipt of two satisfactory references.