Our 733 volunteers are united by the desire to make the courts more accessible and to help people in times of great stress.
The PSU’s incredible service is only possible because of the time and dedication of our volunteers, and we are extremely grateful to all those who have volunteered in the past.
Previous student volunteers have told us that being a PSU volunteer improved their client skills, gave them direct exposure to a range of court cases, and an overall better understanding of the legal system. Many have requested to hear about our progress and ways to support their local PSU. For this reason, we have now launched the PSU Alumni Network.
It costs the PSU under £25 to help a person facing court alone.
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'PSU is a great addition to my studies because of its practical nature. Every week I am able to either attend court hearings or help clients with forms and help build their confidence in the process. PSU has improved my people skills; I now feel confident to talk to any client that comes in which is a great addition to my skill set for employers to see.'
'PSU has shown me what it means to be a good lawyer, and how much of a difference you can make just standing beside someone going through some of the toughest moments of their life; be it a family related breakdown, employment dispute, or eviction hearing, just to name a few... Applying to volunteer with PSU was one of the greatest decisions I ever made during the course of my degree, and the only thing I regret is having not signed up sooner'
‘Volunteering with the PSU in Sheffield helped to bridge the gap between law on paper and law in practice. Had I not have taken advantage of this fantastic opportunity, I would have completed my distance learning having never sat in front of a client witnessing the reality of working in the legal sector.’
'Being a PSU volunteer really does give you first-hand experience of being inside a family court as well as an insight into some of the extremely difficult situations some people have found themselves in and are having to deal with as litigants in person.'