KCL StreetLaw is a pro bono society running one of the largest pro bono projects at King's College London.
Working in groups, student volunteers aim to educate members of the community, who would otherwise not have access to legal knowledge, with a basic overview of the law. Drawing on issues that affect the community, students research the specific area of law and then present the information to the community in a way that helps them better understand the law and how it affects them.
Workshops are run for various focus groups throughout London ranging from under-privileged schools to small businesses, from LGBT youth groups to ethnic minority centres.
Why should I get involved with StreetLaw?
As well as giving students the chance to give back to the community, participating in the project also helps you develop key transferable skills. Under the supervision of our experienced team leaders, you will learn how to work in a team, conduct effective research as well as developing presentation and public speaking skills. These are all necessary skills that will benefit you in your professional working life.
Who can volunteer with KCL StreetLaw?
Any student at King's College London can volunteer with our StreetLaw project.
We are not only looking to recruit law students, but actively encourage non-law students with an interest in the law to sign up. We just really want motivated and determined volunteers to join us in educating and encouraging members of the community to take an interest in the law.
Throughout the year, we hope to host a number of events so that you can get to meet other members of StreetLaw and help settle in to life at King's. We also offer a number of team leader and committee member positions for those interested in coordinating the project and the society in general.
What is the time commitment for volunteering?
Volunteers will be expected to commit one or two hours a week to the project, although some of this may be independent work. Over the course of the academic year we expect that each group will create and deliver at least 2-3 workshops.
Are there any specific qualitites needed to volunteer?
To ensure that our presentations and workshops are of the highest standard we need to recruit volunteers who are of the necessary calibre. Below are the key qualities we are looking for:
Volunteers should have a genuine interest in StreetLaw and the work that we do. They should be willing to get stuck in to any task and make a real difference.
Volunteers must be willing to put in the requisite hours and attend group meetings. The time commitment involved with StreetLaw is not very onerous so we expect all volunteers to meet the commitment as set out above.
StreetLaw relies on our close-knit groups of volunteers so you must be able to work well in a team. This means that volunteers should be flexible, communicative and willing to work with others.
Volunteers may spend a lot of time with their team so it is vital that you can get on with others and build strong relationships. We are also a very social project, with regular events being held which volunteers are encouraged to attend!
How do I sign up to volunteer?
To find out how to get involved, get in touch by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our KCL Street Law Facebook page for more information about our project!