Human Rights – You might be interested in the Innocence Project..

An Innocence Project is a group of students investigating the case of a convicted person maintaining innocence who has exhausted the initial appeals process. Innocence projects work under academic supervision and with pro bono legal assistance from a practising lawyer where appropriate.

Want to find out more?

http://www.innocencenetwork.org.uk/innocenceprojects.htm 

everything you need to know …

about a career in the criminal justice system

Take a look at the “what we do” section – for individuals, they give access to the careers information portal with information about legal and law related careers including community justice, forensics and youth justice.

introducing Human Rights expert Conor Foley

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Conor Foley is a humanitarian aid worker and a regualr contributor to The Guardian – see his articles here.

He has worked for a variety of human rights and humanitarian aid organizations, including Liberty, Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He currently lives and works in Brazil, and is a research fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham.

Conor’s books include Combating Torture: a manual for judges and prosecutors (2003), which was published by the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and A Guide to Property Law in Afghanistan (2005), which was published by the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNHCR.

Career Clinic: Will working in legal aid hurt my commercial law ambitions? From Legalweek.com

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“I lost my job at a regional firm when I was 1PQE. I did not enjoy the niche practice area I was working in, so I saw it as an opportunity to move into a different area of commercial law. However, I found it very difficult to change practice areas, particularly as the area that I was interested in was badly hit by the recession.

“I was out of work for quite a while and eventually accepted a position as a paralegal in a legal aid firm, and I am now working Continue reading