"Law Centres are an essential part of community life and are the first port of call for many people experiencing social and civil legal problems [...] They have been working for 40 years with local communities, building a relationship with the public, landlords, organisations, local authorities and projects. They have local access; they are well established in communities; they are easily accessible; and they are trusted by communities."

Virendra Sharma MP, Ealing Southall [HC Deb, 24.1.2012, c68WH]

Volunteering at a Law Centre

As well as employing lawyers who specialise in social welfare law, Law Centres pride themselves on the volunteers, apprentices and trainees who contribute to Law Centres' services to their communities.

If you are legally trained, a law student, or with no legal training at all – there are many ways in which a Law Centre would benefit from your skills.

Find out about current volunteer positions by contacting your local Law Centre directly.

Law Centres also operate pro bono clinics in which volunteers provide advice under qualified supervision, for example, to extend reception times in the evenings. If you work for a law firm or are involved in your college law clinic and would like to work pro bono with your local Law Centre, please check with Law Centres directly.