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The Kalisher Trust Internship with Amicus

About us

Amicus is a small charity that helps provide legal representation to those facing execution in the US. The charity aims to provide better access to justice and to raise awareness of potential abuses of defendants’ rights.

The Kalisher Trust exists to help people qualify as barristers and begin their professional career at the Criminal Bar. Set up in 1996, the Kalisher Trust helps talented students otherwise unable to come to the Criminal Bar due to financial constraints. The trust identifies and encourages the brightest and best, regardless of background. Its role is to support talent, wherever it is found, and to ensure it is nurtured, encouraged, and used, in the best and proudest traditions of the Criminal Bar, for the public good.

Kalisher internships vary according to the needs of the provider. Some are only for qualified barristers, others for those intending to qualify and to practice at the criminal Bar. Previous internships have been awarded in partnership with Justice, the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies in Uganda, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the City of London Police and the Parole Board.

The Kalisher Trust internship with Amicus will take place over a consecutive three or four-month period (start date to be discussed with applicants at interview) and will be based in an Amicus-affiliated capital defence office in the US. Interns will receive £5,000.

What Amicus does

Internships: Amicus places legal interns in pre-trial, appellate and research capital defence offices throughout the US. Many such offices operate within severe funding constraints. Amicus interns provide vital support.

Casework: Amicus’ casework programme provides remote assistance to US capital defenders faced with tight timescales and limited deadlines. We coordinate up to 200 caseworkers in firms and chambers across London.

Raising awareness: In order to highlight the injustices of death row, Amicus holds a variety of awareness-raising events, including comprehensive training sessions on US capital defence law and procedure. It also publishes a monthly newsletter and an academic journal.

Internships at Amicus

Since its formation in 1992, Amicus has sent over 300 interns to the US. Currently, the charity places 20-30 interns each year in 18 capital defence offices across 11 states. The office culture and the nature of intern assignments varies between offices. Typical tasks include research, drafting, record collection, visits to death row and interviewing of key figures such as jurors, family members or prison officials.

What is it like to be an Amicus intern?

“As a child you learn what fairness is when you first suffer unfairness. As an Amicus intern you learn what justice is when you see and fight injustice. This is a life-defining experience.” Maximilian Hardy – Kalisher trustee and former intern in New Orleans, LA

“[Amicus interns] are always welcome in our office and they are always welcome in Atlanta. Thank you so very much for what your organization has continuously done for our office and for other folks fighting the DP here in the USA. We look forward to hosting more interns…We have some very challenging cases that need their help!” Christian Lamar – Supervising attorney in Atlanta, GA

“A once-in-a-lifetime experience. A real chance to make a difference.” Phoebe Bragg – Former intern in Jackson, MS


The successful candidate will be:

  •  a criminal barrister in private practice (i.e. already in tenancy at the criminal Bar) up to 5 years’ call;
  • be able to commit a minimum time commitment of three to four months;
  • have attended or registered for Amicus training (held bi-annually in London) within the three years prior to application;
  • be a member of Amicus;
  • and be able to demonstrate financial need (in confidence, candidates will be asked to supply the interview panel with appropriate evidence of need).

NB: A driving licence is preferable but not essential

How to apply

To be considered for a Kalisher internship with Amicus, please e-mail a CV and a statement (not exceeding 600 words) identifying your interest, as well as your skills and attributes, to Kalisher Administrator Gillian Rorke at Mark your email with ‘KALISHER TRUST INTERNSHIP WITH AMICUS’ in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 12 March 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in the week beginning 3 April 2017 in central London.