Centre for Access to Justice


Lawyers without Borders Student Division at UCL

Recruitment for the 21/22 Academic Year is now open!

About the project

Lawyers without Borders (LWOB) is an organisation that manages volunteering lawyers from around the world who offer pro bono service to international rule of law and human rights projects, capacity building and access to justice initiatives.

Their work helps to ensure just outcomes in controversial cases, provides much needed legal research and training in developing countries, and assists in holding governments and legal systems to account.

Much of their work goes unpublicised due to its sensitive political nature in the countries in which they work. They are currently establishing a network of Student Divisions all around the UK who will help support their work through fundraising, research, and volunteering.

The Student Division at UCL will be joining an established international network of volunteer lawyers and law students from all over the world who work on human rights and rule of law projects and access to justice initiatives as well as carrying out research and fundraising to support LWOB.

More information about Lawyers Without Borders as an organisation can be found on their website, and on their blog which students are encouraged to sign up and write for: Lawyers Without Borders Blog.

LWOB Student Division at UCL Structure and Roles

The LWOB Student Division at UCL will work on a wide range of Human Rights-related projects, including fundraising, organising debates and other events, running a mooting competition and carrying out research in order to support LWOB. In addition, the Division hopes to raise awareness of poorly understood justice mechanisms by organising workshops, lectures and seminars on the rule of law.

The Division’s Structure

The LWOB Core Division is consists of the LWOB Committee and members of the LWOB Sub-Groups. There are 5 subgroups, each with its own remit, with the Committee providing overall oversight. The groups will of course interact and consult with each other, but it is envisaged that they will have a large degree of independence to decide their own direction of travel.

LWOB Committee:

  • President
  • Co-Head of Publications (Digital Media)
  • Co-Head of Publications (Print)
  • Head of Fundraising
  • Head of Social Media
  • Head of Events
  • Head of Research

LWOB Sub-Groups:

  • Publications – Produces two main publications: a weekly blog, and a termly journal.
  • Social media – Responsible for updating and expanding the division’s social media presence.
  • Events – Organises events to be held at UCL, including panel talks, debates, and moots.
  • Fundraising – Raises funds through various channels.
  • Research - Conducts research into human rights and the rule of law, organises the UCL entry for the Rule of Law Innovation Challenge (ROLIC), and also assists the committee with discrete research tasks.

This is a fantastic opportunity for law and non-law students who are interested in human rights and international law to share, develop and build on their experience.

Membership of the division entails a high degree of responsibility. You will be expected to meet frequently, discuss ideas, and actively pursue targets, which will be overseen by the committee. You must also sign a Volunteer Agreement with the CAJ, which outlines your commitments and what is expected of you when taking part in this pro bono project.

Eligibility & How to apply

The LWOB Student Division at UCL is now recruiting for Committee positions. 

The roles are open to all UCL Laws students. To apply, please submit an online application form here: https://forms.office.com/r/0LxPPDd5aL

You may apply for more than one position but you will need to submit separate forms for each role you apply for.

The deadline to apply is 23 May 2021.
Questions about LWOB or the roles can either be directed to Jenna or ucl.lwob@ucl.ac.uk