We welcome applications from everyone with the relevant skills and experience: some experience of working with people is essential. Initiative, resourcefulness and problem-solving skills will help with some of the challenges you could face in the PSU office. We also look for common sense, compassion and reliability, together with good command of spoken and written English. Legal knowledge is not necessary, although some familiarity with the legal environment is certainly helpful.
Please check the locations page to confirm current recruiting arrangements.
To help us consider reasonable adjustment, please contact the local PSU Manager if you have a disability or significant health problem.
If you are currently, or have recently been, involved in court proceedings, this could affect your application, and we suggest that you contact the local PSU Manager to discuss the situation.
We will ask for and check references, including information about any criminal record.
PSU court volunteers help people going to court without a lawyer by:
In return, PSU service volunteers receive:
For individuals wanting more information, or universities interested in student volunteering opportunities, please contact your local PSU.
If you can spare at least two days per month volunteering in one of our locations, then we would like to hear from you. To apply, please complete an online expression of interest. The relevant PSU will send you further details and a comprehensive application form.
Watch PSU volunteers talk about helping people facing court alone
'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.'