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 placement 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 do not 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 placements 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.

Law School and other university placements

Reprieve collaborates with law schools to enable students to benefit from placements with Reprieve. So far in 2020, we have hosted over 20 students.

Reprieve accepts applications for placements that are either funded by universities or public interest fellowships and scholarships. Applications are open for Autumn 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021 placements.

As an initial step, and prior to applying to Reprieve, please liaise with:

  • your university careers office; or
  • the relevant scholarship or public interest fellowship coordinator/office; or
  • the corporate social responsibility team at your organisation; or
  • any other person responsible for coordinating voluntary placements at charitable organisations.

Please discuss your decision to apply for a placement at Reprieve and confirm that funding is available. Once you are confident that funding is available for you for a placement at Reprieve for a period of at least 10 weeks, please send us your application, which should consist of:

Please send to applications@reprieve.org.uk. Please indicate in the subject line the name of your sponsoring institution, and that you are applying for a funded placement. In the body of your email, please stipulate how much funding you will be eligible to receive, whether any funds can be paid directly to you and whether there are specific conditions attached to the funding (for instance, if you have to do a volunteership focused on legal research).

We will not consider any applications for placements unless you provide us with the information above and demonstrate that you will be funded for your time at Reprieve. Please bear in mind that we are a charity with limited resources, so we ask that you make the relevant enquiries above as to eligibility prior to making contact with us. We will then review and consider your application, and revert.

Due to Covid-19, we are currently only accepting applications for remote placements from students outside of UK and EU.

US Post-Graduate Fellows

For graduating law students, our sister organisation Reprieve U.S. offers fellowships at our Washington, D.C office for those who are eligible to apply for external funding. The fellowships normally run for one year and the fellows typically work on a full time basis. If you are interested in becoming a Reprieve U.S. fellow please send a cover letter, CV and details of the funding you are eligible to apply for to applications@reprieve.org. Reprieve U.S. will then collaborate with you on any funding proposals.


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. For more information please get in touch with your firm’s Head of CSR or Pro Bono, and ask about Reprieve secondments.

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. More information about the Reprieve skills bank can be found here.

Volunteering with Capital Defense Offices in the USA

Reprieve assists the Louisiana Capital Assistance Centre 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 the programme offers placements in capital defense offices in the USA. More information can be found here.