Are you interested in volunteering?
This helpline is a low cost service providing advice and guidance to families about child, education and family law.
We provide full training on child, family and education law and many of our volunteers have subsequently been employed by us.
Our volunteers usually work with us one full day a week every week for a minimum of three months. We operate a one month probationary period.
We do request that our volunteers have studied or are in the process of studying either family, child or education law.
Do you have a legal background?
If you have a law degree, GDL, LPC or BPTC or you are currently studying for any of these you can volunteer your time with us as a legal helpline assistant advising on child, family and education law in England
For more details, please download our information pack which contains an application form:
Feedback on our volunteer project
Our Advisors say:
The CLAS volunteer project has been very popular. We have taken on law students as well as legal professionals returning to work or seeking a career change. Volunteers are fully trained in child, family and education law and supported by a team of trained professionals. Our volunteers develop key communication skills, drafting skills and legal research skills and are given a lot of responsibility. They are not simply making the tea!
Previous volunteers say:
Volunteering at the Child Law Advice Service for a few months before attaining a permanent position in the organisation proved to be an invaluable experience in my legal career. One of the unique aspects about the Child Law Advice Service is the exposure to direct client contact very early on working with a range of people who call into the service. Consequently my interviewing and advising skills have improved significantly which forms an integral skill for a legal professional.
I found volunteering for CLAS was an invaluable experience. I volunteered with CLAS whilst completing my law degree and found it complemented my studies. The placement enabled me to develop my knowledge in family law and learn about education law which is not a course covered by most universities. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to develop my communication and research skills which are essential for a career in law. The placement was rewarding as I was able to help people to tackle their legal problems. It is vital to obtain as much experience as possible as this will put you in a good position for a future in law.
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