We are pleased to open applications for 2016 for The Kalisher Trust internship at JUSTICE.
JUSTICE is an all-party law reform and human rights organisation working to strengthen the justice system – administrative, civil and criminal – in the United Kingdom. Our vision is of fair, accessible and efficient legal processes, in which the individual’s rights are protected, and which reflect the country’s international reputation for upholding and promoting the rule of law.
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’s 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 intern at JUSTICE works with our Director of Criminal Justice on a range of domestic and EU 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.
Zoë Chapman, a Kalisher Trust intern at JUSTICE in 2015/16, said: “Interning at JUSTICE was one of the most transformative aspects of my “egal education so far. I spent a large part of the time contributing research and drafting research notes for JUSTICE’s Complex and Lengthy Criminal Trials report and helping to complete a report on police use of force for the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.
“I can look back, having completed the internship, and see that there has been a very definite improvement in my research and drafting skills. I feel I’m much more efficient and confident in terms of sourcing material and presenting it. I’ve also gained a much better and more cohesive understanding of the criminal justice system and the legal professions. I’ve gained a lot of confidence and feel more equal to the task of carving out a career for myself. I’m very grateful to Kalisher and JUSTICE for facilitating it!”