What is Amicus?
Amicus is a London-based charity that fights for justice on death row by supporting US attorneys on the front line. Support is provided remotely or through internship placements.
Why join Amicus?
The key benefits to joining Amicus as a student are access to the training and an opportunity to submit articles for publication in the Amicus journal. Both of these are strong additions to a CV if you’re planning on pursuing a career in law, and a stepping stone for working with other charities or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Training with Amicus opens up the door to interning in their London office or abroad in America. Amicus internships build on skills learned during the course of your degree, such as legal research.
What if I support the death penalty?
Instead of campaigning to end the death penalty, Amicus’ work is geared towards advocating for the right to a fair trial: a key concept of the rule of law. Supporting capital punishment and Amicus’ work are not mutually exclusive.
What do I get from membership?
Your yearly student membership with Amicus will get you a soft copy of the Amicus Journal, the monthly e-newsletter, access to the death penalty section of Middle Temple library, priority booking and reduced rates for Amicus events and training. The student price for a total of five days of training is £73, a great saving on the non-lawyer price of £167.
How can I participate?
Student membership can be purchased through their website for £18 per year (much reduced from the regular £48!). You can join using this link (http://www.amicus-alj.org/join-us-online-registration). In the “Where did you hear about Amicus” box, if you state you’re joining through the Open University student representative, Amicus can get a better idea of how the OU’s membership is growing.
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