We offer 2 and 4 week attachments. Students can volunteer with either the Community Legal Clinics (CLCs), Ad Hoc Pro Bono Scheme (AHPBS) or Family Justice Support Scheme (FJSS). All internships offer students an insight into the legal aid ecosystem. Where possible, students can also attend the community legal clinics, held in the evenings at the Community Development Councils.
We are looking for students who are committed to using their time during the attachment effectively. We hope to provide students an enriching experience where they can pick up transferable skills and receive useful feedback. Please kindly note that while you can state a preference as to the scheme you are interested to volunteer in, Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS) reserves the right to allocate students to the schemes that are need volunteers. You will be informed as to the scheme you are allocated to, beforehand.
During the attachment with the AHPBS, you will (please note that existing law students are preferred for this role):
- Maintain and update the list of AHPBS cases discussed on a weekly basis
- Update AHPBS Assignment case list with lawyers’ details, status of case, disbursements and any other information relevant to the assignment
- Assist in the submission of AHPBS referral form with details of applicants such as personal particulars, income, case details and any other information needed to process the application
- Follow up with applicant on details required to process application, both for means and merits tests
- Update AHPBS Standard Operating Procedures
- Assist in ensuring payments are processed
- Ensure case documents are in order and uploaded to Teams
- Draft case assignment letters, case synopses and appeal letters
- Legal research and analysis of applications
- Any other duties as assigned
During the attachment with the CLC, you will:
- Assist officers to interview and register applicants for the CLCs;
- Summarise the legal issues faced by applicants and assist in the preparation of case list or summary;
- Provide general administrative support;
- Sit in and take notes for lawyers giving advice at the legal clinics; and
- Provide research assistance on legal issues encountered (ad hoc).
During the attachment with the FJSS, you will:
- Assist applicants with the application form, especially applicants who are not able to read or speak English
- Take notes during interview with applicants
- Review submitted application forms to ensure that applicants have submitted sufficient and accurate information and documents
- Follow up with applicants to obtain any missing information/documents
- Organise documents (e.g. scanning hard copy documents, saving documents into relevant case files, naming documents neatly for easy retrieval, categorising documents)
- Process means test
- Draft case summaries
- Assist to take notes at family legal clinic
- Other administrative duties
Volunteers will be able to:
1. Gain a better understanding of the legal aid schemes available in Singapore, especially those administered by LSPBS .
2. Become more empathetic listeners and learn to ask questions effectively, interviewing applicants and summarising their legal issues for case lists.
3. Be exposed to legal knowledge and observe how lawyers give advice to applicants in legal clinics by sitting in and taking notes.
4. CLC interns get to role-play as a lawyer giving advice to applicants, draft legal advice for pretend applicants, and receive feedback from our legal officer.
5. Refine their written and oral advocacy skills.
Students aged 18 and above, who are currently enrolled to study and/ or are studying a law degree. If you are a student at NUS, SMU or SUSS please kindly note that we have an existing partnership with your schools on internship opportunities. Please kindly contact your school administrator on this.
If you are interested to volunteer with us, please complete the Student Volunteer Application Form, attaching:
- A photograph
- Educational qualifications and transcripts
We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an attachment. Based on your suitability and available dates, you may be assigned to any of the schemes.
If your application is successful, you will be sent an information pack on all the necessary information you need to have a successful attachment with us.
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