Law for Life needs the help of volunteers to keep running our high quality service for our users. There are different types of ways people can volunteer with us.
- Clinical law students - we work in partnership with law clinics to offer opportunities for law students seeking work experience in the PLE sector. These opportunities are only arranged through university law clinics. If this is something of interest to you, please speak to your university.
- ‘In-house’ volunteering - this is where we advertise a particular role that we need filling and we ask the volunteer to commit to around 6 months of regular work with us. When a role like this comes up it will be advertised below and you will be asked to have an interview with us.
- Legal experts and other professionals - these volunteers help us by giving their time and expertise in a range of different projects across our information production and our training programmes.
- Volunteer reviewers - from time to time we ask people to help review new or updated materials. For this role, you don’t need any particular expertise or experience. If you are interested in doing this, and you agree, we can keep your details on file and get in touch when we need your help.
Please see below for our current volunteer opportunities.
Can you help us produce guides for Litigants in Person about civil claims?
Law for Life is looking for a practising solicitor who specialises in civil litigation, or similar, to peer review five short guides in our range of guides to help litigants in person to determine if they have a potential civil claim and if they do, how to manage their application to the civil court. These guides were published last year, and we are seeking to ensure that they remain accurate and up-to-date. The right person will know about personal injury and be able to help us ensure the guides remain accurate.They will need to be practical and sensible about what LiPs can manage. Our aim is not to produce an exhaustive guide to civil litigation but to produce something an ordinary Litigant in Person could use.
If you know anybody who might be willing to help, please ask them to get in touch at email@example.com
We are also looking for a peer reviewer to help us ensure the accuracy of a new guide 'How to appeal against a county court decision'. This could be the same person as above, or a different person.
The role of the peer reviewer is to ensure that the guides are accurate without compromising their readability or re-writing them. The guides fit together and reference eachother, so it would be easier if it is one person who peer reviews all of them.
About Law for Life
Law for Life is a charity dedicated to ensuring that people have the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to secure access to justice. They run Advicenow, an independent, not-for-profit website which provides accurate, practical self-help guides, tools and film on rights and the law in England and Wales and draws together the best information about the law and rights available. Advicenow is the user-facing website of the Litigants In Person Support Strategy.
Volunteer to join our users' panel
We test our guides with a mixture of people who have tried to solve their problems on their own and experts before publication to ensure that they are as effective and helpful as possible. It's a really valuable stage in the process of producing legal information for the public. You don't need to know anything about the law to be on our users' panel. In fact it's better if you don't! As long as you can read English you can help us.
We will ask you to read a guide and let us know what you think of the structure, content, and tone of it. We'd also like you to think about your answer to these questions when you read something for us:
- Does this guide give me all the information I would need to do the task or deal with the legal issue it aims to help me with?
- Do I have any questions that the guide doesn't answer?
- Is there anything in the guide that I don’t understand? (It's really helpful to know if there's stuff you don't understand. It means we need to try harder!
- Are there any words or phrases in the guide that I don't understand or don't like?
- Is there anything that isn’t as clear as it could be? (It's helpful if you are as precise as possible about what it is you don't understand or are left feeling uncertain about.)
- Is there anything that needs more explanation?
As a member of Advicenow's users’ panel, we may contact you when we are updating an information guide or other resource for our website. We will email you a document to review. We will give you a week to look at it and send us your comments via email.
What do I do to take part?
If you are interested in becoming a member of our panel, please complete the contact form (click on 'Contact Us' at the bottom of this page), giving us your contact details. It would help us if you could also tell us your age, gender and ethnicity, but this is voluntary. If you are happy to give us this information it helps us make sure that as wide a range of people as possible give us feedback on our guides. Thank you!
Volunteer your photography skills
We always need new photos to liven up our website and help our readers identify with our information.
Research has shown that web pages and leaflets with interesting images are more likely to catch and keep people’s attention. Pictures of people who readers identify with also help them take information in and remember it. So your photos can really help us get our message across.
Advicenow is an award winning website which provides information on the law and rights, for example, on things like benefits, employment, immigration and divorce.
You can even view information on Advicenow about photography and the law.
What we need
We need photos of real people in real situations. For example, at home, shopping, at work, waiting for a bus, in a cafe, or on their way to school. Pictures of people looking at forms or bills, opening letters and on the telephone are particularly useful. Head shots are great too.
We don’t need pictures of really good looking, or dressed up people – just ordinary people going about everyday tasks or activities in what they would normally wear - the kind of people who might use our website.
People from many different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life use our service and we would like them to feel represented in the photos on our site. So we like to include images of many different kinds of people – in terms of ethnic, cultural, social and religious backgrounds, age, disability, gender, gender expression and sexuality.
What you get
If your photo is suitable we will include it in our image library. This means that your photo could appear on the Advicenow web site (which last year received over a 1 million page views) or in one of our PDF guides.
You’ll also get a mention on our Thank you! page and our gratitude. And the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped a small charity reach more people.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Media and Marketing Assistant position
We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative volunteer Media and Marketing Assistant, with good knowledge of social media. This exciting opportunity will contribute to Law for Life’s overall communications strategy. Tasks will include ensuring the social media strategy is fulfilled and excellent communication is achieved across all platforms and media; developing our social media presence; co-ordinating the production of case studies, features, developing our social media campaigns, assisting with copywriting; monthly reporting and supporting the Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Communications.
Hours: 1 day per week, 7 hours per day.
To apply please send CV or covering letter to email@example.com.