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1 2015 SUMMER PLACEMENT & WORK EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES Batch 4

2 You may wish to apply for one of the following competitive placement and work experience opportunities run by legal and other organisations. How to Apply for the Placement Please do so by completing the application form found in the following link: Application form for the placements: Can be downloaded here Eligibility Criteria: The internships will be open to students who have achieved a minimum average of 60% in their year one studies and a minimum average of 60% in their semester one year two studies. Deadlines Deadline for all applications: Friday 22nd t May Please make sure all paperwork including references are attached with your application. Interview date to be confirmed How to Apply for Travel and Health Insurance For students going overseas for their placements please note you will be responsible for obtaining travel and health insurance. This insurance can be obtained at no cost from the University of Liverpool on application, please complete and submit the following form in plenty of time before travel. NB: Note the travel and health insurance available through the university does not cover or extend to students returning to their home country to undertake the placement. Application form for travel insurance: Can be downloaded here Please note the SLSJ cannot help you with obtaining the necessary insurance. If you require any further information please contact Elaine Brand on at or by telephone on Page 1

3 Vauxhall Law Centre: Liverpool Job Title: Law Centre Support Worker Vauxhall Law and Information Centre has been in existence for over 40 years, delivering a service to people in Liverpool who are in need of advice and support. The Centre has an excellent reputation for delivering a high quality service. They are members of the National Law Centres Network and provide services accredited to the Advice Quality Service standard They are looking for a registered student from the School of Law and Social Justice to Work as part of our small friendly Team Work Placement Description and Key accountabilities involved in the role: The role will involve providing support to the Vauxhall Community Law and Information Centre staff and volunteers details of which can be found below. The work tasks involved: Conducting research on Law Centres in the UK and how they are funded; providing administrative support to the Solicitor, Advice Worker and Development Officer as directed. Researching and drafting project briefing notes; attending Tribunal and Court to support staff; researching the potential for the establishment of support network for the Law Centre Experience & Skills needed advanced studies in law; excellent legal research and analysis skills; experience of writing fact based reports; strong interpersonal oral and written skills; familiarity with internet- based research good administrative skills Person Specification: Clear & effective communication skills Ability to take instruction from senior team members Ability to organise, multi-task and prioritise own workload Ability to demonstrate excellent time management skills Strong research skills Hard working, self-motivated, eager to learn Ability to use IT systems, and learn new IT skills as required Team player Benefits of your work experience with them: Vauxhall Law Centre is a long established organisation that has a reputation of providing quality services in a disadvantaged community. They operate a high quality advice service to users that is free Page 2

4 Marshalling at the High Court: Family Division with Mr Justice Cobb Job Title: Marshal Length of Placement: Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th July (TWO DAYS) Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd July (THREE DAYS) Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th July (THREE DAYS) Information about Business High Court: Family Division The three divisions which make up the High Court are: The Queen s Bench Division The Chancery Division The Family Division In this, the third of the divisions making up the High Court, there are around seventeen judges and it is also headed by the President Lord Chief Justice, currently James Munby. The Family Division deals with all cases relating to children under the 1989 Children Act and also wardship disputes. Its jurisdiction also covers other family matters including marriage nullifications and grants probate in non-contentious probate cases. The division also hears appeals from magistrates and county courts on family proceedings. More specifically, the Family Division comprises of two key business areas, namely: - - The Matrimonial Office & the Office of Care and Protection (Children s Section) and; - The Office of Care and Protection (Patient s Section) The Matrimonial Office & the Office of Care and Protection (OCP) (Children s Section) The principal business assigned to this Office is: - (a) Petitions for divorce, judicial separation and nullity; (b) Dissolution of a Civil Partnership: (c) Ancillary relief applications (d) Guardianship and Wardship of children (e) Adoption (f) Applications under the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995; The Office of Care and Protection (OCP) (Patients Section) The principal business assigned to the Office of Care and Protection (Patents Section) includes the administration of Patients financial affairs and dealing with persons who, by reason of mental incapacity, require the protection of the court. Page 3

5 Cases are tried by a single judge and juries are not used in this Division although this was once the practice on defended divorce cases. Decisions made by the Family Division concerning personal human matter may concern life and death and are perhaps inevitably regarded as controversial. For example, it permitted a hospital to separate conjoined twins without the parents' consent; and allowed one woman to have her life support machines turned off, while not permitting a husband to give his severely disabled wife a lethal injection with her consent. High Court Judges of the Family Division sit at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, while District Judges of the Family Division sit at First Avenue House, Holborn, London. Work Placement Description Mr Justice Cobb has offered the opportunity for a law student to marshal with him at the Royal Courts of Justice. This will be a rare opportunity to sit in court with a Judge, and observe proceedings from the Bench. The marshal will also have the chance to discuss the court processes, advocacy, and the issues in the case with the Judge during periods when the court is not sitting. Benefits of your work experience: If interested in a career in the law, particularly family law, this is likely to provide a valuable insight into legal practice. This is a very rare opportunity which will considerably enhance a student s CV and not only provide a student with exceptional networking opportunities but also the chance to cultivate a personal relationship with a senior figure in the High Court. This opportunity has been afforded to students because Mr Justice Cobb is a graduate of The University of Liverpool. Mr Justice Cobb, informally Sir Stephen Cobb QC, was appointed a Justice of the High Court effective from 11 January Page 4

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