Opportunities at Reprieve

There are many ways to become involved in Reprieve’s work. You can support our campaigns, make a donation, carry out a paid volunteership through a sponsoring institution, or work for Reprieve. Whatever you choose to do, your contribution is valued by us.

We are proud of our diversity and we want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to contribute to our work. With that goal in mind, we no longer have unpaid volunteer roles because we recognise that not everyone is in a position to give their time for free. Instead, we are very lucky to have the support of universities who fund summer internships and 12-month fellowships, law firms and corporate partners who offer their staff on secondments, and charitable trusts who fund internships both in the UK and abroad.

In 2018, Reprieve introduced a 12-month Paid Internship for the first time, which we hope to continue subject to funding. We worked with the Social Mobility Foundation to target the most talented people from less-privileged backgrounds and sought to provide a stepping stone to a career in the human rights or legal profession.


Reprieve currently works with four law firms to provide secondments for trainee solicitors. Seats at Reprieve can be either 3 or 6 months and our brilliant trainees make a huge contribution to our UK litigation. To learn more, please get in touch with your firm’s Head of CSR or Pro Bono, and ask about Reprieve Secondments.

Law School and other university placements

Reprieve collaborates with law schools to enable students to volunteer with Reprieve. In 2019 we hosted more than 10 law school students. If you are interested in a placement with Reprieve, please fill out this application form and send with your CV to applications@reprieve.org.uk.

Reprieve is also interested in collaborating with universities across a range of disciplines to enable students to carry out paid volunteerships with Reprieve. If you are interested in a paid volunteership with Reprieve through your university, please contact your careers office and express your interest, and please consider applying for any public interest fellowships that you are eligible for, nominating Reprieve as your preferred organisation.

Reprieve is not able to provide direct funding. We ask applicants to seek sponsorship from law school-funds and other public interest funding initiatives.

US Post-Graduate Fellows

For law students, Reprieve offers 12-month fellowships at our London office for those who have secured external funding and are eligible to work in the UK.

The fellowships normally run for one year and the fellows typically work within the casework team on a full time basis. If you are interested in becoming a Reprieve fellow please apply directly to the Fellowship organisation, and nominate Reprieve as your desired destination organisation.

Reprieve Skills Bank

Reprieve is fortunate to have many experts and linguists in its skills bank, whose unique skills are called upon on an ad hoc and remote basis. If you have particular skills you would like to share with Reprieve, please provide your consent to us holding your contact information and any relevant information about your skills and experience on our secure skills bank database for this year. In the event that we have a suitable pro bono or paid opportunity that arises we would love to get in touch. More information about the Reprieve skills bank can be found here.

Volunteering with Capital Defense Offices in the USA

While we do not have volunteers ourselves, Reprieve assists the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in the USA to identify suitable volunteers to join their programme. LCAC’s work is vital in challenging the use of the death penalty and their programme offers placements in capital defense offices in the USA. More information about that can be found here.