The Pro Bono Services Office (PBSO) offers attachments that run for a period of 2 weeks.
Student have the choice of either volunteering for the Community Legal Clinics section (CLCs) or the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS).
Both areas of volunteering offer students an insight into the working practices of the organisation. Vacation attachments with the PBSO are typically for a period of 2 weeks, although a more lengthy attachment can be offered for law graduates. In addition, students can also attend the community legal clinics, held in the evenings, at the CDCs.
We are looking for students who are committed to use their time during the attachment effectively. We hope to allow students to have an enriching experience where they can pick up transferable skills and receive useful feedback.
During the attachment with the CLC, volunteers:
- Assist our officers to interview and register applicants for the Community Legal Clinics (CLCs);
- Summarize the legal issues faced by CLC applicants and assist in the preparation of the CLC case list/synopsis;
- Provide general administrative support for the Pro Bono Services Office;
- Sit in and take notes for lawyers giving advice at the legal clinics; and
- Provide research assistance on legal issues encountered.
During the attachment with CLAS, volunteers:
- Assist in the registration of applicants for Criminal legal aid;
- Conduct means testing for applicants;
- Take minutes for lead lawyer sessions with the applicants;
- Interviewing applicants to gather brief facts on their cases; and
- Partake in various administrative duties.
Volunteers will be able to:
1. Gain a better understanding of the legal aid schemes available in Singapore, especially those administered by the PBSO.
2. Become more empathetic listeners and learn to ask questions effectively, interviewing applicants and summarising their legal issues for case lists for either the CLCs or CLAS.
3. Be exposed to legal knowledge and observe how lawyers give advice to applicants in legal clinics by sitting in and taking notes.
4. Role-play as a lawyer giving advice to applicants, draft legal advice for pretend applicants, and receive feedback from the CLCs legal officer (CLCs only).
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.
Please send in the following:
- Your CV/Resume
- Your preference of which area of volunteering
Before you begin your attachment with the PBSO, you will be assigned to either CLCs or CLAS. You will also be sent either the CLCs or CLAS Operations Manual which contains all the necessary information you will need to have a successful attachment with the PBSO. During your on-boarding with PBSO, you will be tested on your knowledge of the organisation from the Ops Manual, so make sure you prepare accordingly!
For assistance/more information on internships, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.