Legal Internship with the Migrant Children's Project

CCLC'S Migrant Children's Project are hiring a Legal Intern

Role: Legal Intern, Migrant Children’s Project 

Location: Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Russell Square, London

Duration and time commitment: 21 hours per week until 31 August 2017 

Responsible to: Outreach solicitor 

Rate of pay: £9.75 per hour

Deadline: 20 April 2017, 12pm

As a requirement of the funding, you must be aged under 25 to apply for this role

Main role

Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC) is a national charity committed to promoting children's rights in the UK and worldwide. CCLC aims to:  

  • Promote and uphold children's rights within the context of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK and internationally.
  • Monitor and influence law, policy and practice concerning children and young people, to inform and influence policy makers and the general public.
  • Improve access to justice through legal advice, information and representation for children, young people and adults working on their behalf.

The Migrant Children’s Project at CCLC aims to ensure that refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children are able to obtain the services and assistance to which they are legally entitled. We provide detailed legal advice, information and training on their rights and entitlements, and on the impact of immigration law on services to children. We also campaign to ensure that laws and policies defend their rights and extend the protections available to them.

The Legal Intern would be expected to support the activities of the Migrant Children’s Project through legal research, database management and assisting in the preparation of training. The Legal Intern may also be asked to prepare articles, minute meetings and correspond with clients and professionals.

To increase access to legal advice for migrant young people and families, we run legal outreach sessions across London. Many of the families and young people who we advise during these sessions would benefit from an application to the Legal Aid Agency for Exceptional Case Funding (ECF). The Legal Intern will assist with applications for ECF on behalf of children, families and young people. The Legal Intern will also help with referring cases on to solicitors and other services as appropriate.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Commitment to, and knowledge of, children’s human rights and issues affecting asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants
  • An interest in immigration law
  • IT competent, including practical knowledge of internet and Microsoft Office package
  • Confidence in ability to work on own initiative and ability to prioritise own workload
  • Good time-keeping 
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of individuals, including those who do not speak English as a first language
  • Experience of interviewing individuals, particularly those who may be vulnerable
  • Good research skills
  • An understanding of equality and diversity

Skills and experience you will gain from the role

  • Relevant work experience  for a legal career
  • Coordinating, prioritising and working efficiently under pressure 
  • Experience of dealing with vulnerable individuals
  • Increased understanding of, and training in, immigration law 
  • Experience in supporting a busy third sector organisation
  • Communications and policy experience, within competence and as desired

How we support our interns

  • Interns are valued members of our friendly team and we provide them with support and development opportunities. Interns will receive regular planned support sessions with their supervisors. 
  • Interns will be able to attend Coram Children’s Legal Centre training courses when possible, free of charge. Training will be discussed with you during support sessions with your supervisor.
  • We will provide references for future professional or other applications.

To apply

More information about our work is available on our website, www.coramchildrenslegalcentre.com. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the role, please email marianne.lagrue@coramclc.org.uk.

To apply for this post, please send a CV and covering letter by 12PM on 20 April 2017 to: mcp@coramclc.org.uk

Due to limited resources, we may only be able to contact you if you have been shortlisted for interview. 

 
 

 

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