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JUSTICE invites applications for our 2019 Kalisher internship.

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. We are immensely proud of the work we do, which identifies and encourages the brightest and best, regardless of background. Our role is to support talent, wherever we find it, and to ensure it is nurtured, encouraged, and used, in the best and proudest traditions of the Criminal Bar, for the public good.

The Kalisher scholarships are intended to encourage and assist those intending to practice at the Criminal Bar who demonstrate “exceptional promise but modest means”.

The Kalisher Trust internship at JUSTICE will take place over three months from October 2019 to December 2019, and will be based in our London office.  Interns will be paid an award of £5,000 in total.

The Kalisher intern works with our legal team on a range of criminal justice matters. As an intern you will be an invaluable member of our team, assisting in the development of our policy lines and providing research and analysis to support arguments for or against law reform.  If we are involved in a third party intervention during your internship, you will be undertaking comparative research and possibly drafting submissions.  You will accompany us to meetings with law-makers and NGOs, speaking engagements and events as well as court hearings. You will attend internal meetings and are expected to engage with colleagues as if you are a member of the JUSTICE staff.

The successful candidate will:

  • have completed a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law
  • have completed or soon be taking the BPTC
  • have an excellent academic record, and proven intellectual ability
  • have a demonstrated interest in criminal law and the criminal justice system
  • be motivated to succeed at the Criminal Bar, and have taken steps to develop skills and personal qualities necessary to succeed at the Criminal Bar
  • have demonstrated potential as an advocate
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • be committed to the mission, vision and values of JUSTICE
  • be able to demonstrate financial need (in confidence, candidates will be asked to supply the interview panel with appropriate evidence of need)

To be considered for an internship please email a copy of your CV and a brief covering letter to The covering letter should explain how you are of “exceptional promise but modest means”, and indicate relevant education, skills and experience.  Your CV should include the contact details of two referees (who will not be contacted until after the interview).

Please mark your email with ‘KALISHER INTERNSHIP’ in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 7 June at 5pm.

Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview from 4pm on 24 June.

JUSTICE’s internship programme is governed by the principles of equal opportunity.


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