OPBP provides internship opportunities and grants for graduate students to undertake public interest work. The internship programme is managed with the assistance of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law.

Launched in 2010, Oxford Pro Bono Publico’s Internship Programme seeks to assist Oxford graduate students to undertake unpaid or poorly paid internships at human rights and public interest organisations. The internship programme is managed with the assistance of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law.

Through the Internship Programme, OPBP aims to:

  • encourage student interest and involvement in pro bono work and public interest law;
  • enable students to gain practical experience in these areas where, without financial assistance, they would be unable to do so;
  • put world-class legal skills at the disposal of organisations working pro bono in public interest; and
  • strengthen OPBP’s relationships with its partners.

Exceptional Eligibility for this Scheme

The Bonavero Institute and Oxford Pro Bono Publico Internship Programme 2019 is open to Oxford University students currently pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate course in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil) or to graduate students from other Faculties within the University of Oxford, with a previous law degree.

Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship.

1. Women’s Legal Centre (Cape Town, South Africa)

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) is a non-profit law centre that seeks to achieve equality for women, particularly black women, through impact-based litigation, the provision of free legal advice, legal support to advocacy campaigns run by other organizations and training that ensures people know and understand the impact of judgements of the courts on the subject of women’s rights. The WLC also provides legal advice to the other non-governmental women’s organizations nationally and in Africa. The Centre has won several precedent setting cases that have improved women’s access to justice in South Africa.

The successful candidate will receive a maximum stipend of £2,000 to cover travel, living and other expenses associated with the internship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account. The candidate will also be expected to provide a full report on their work at the end of their internship.

2. Project 39A, National Law University (Delhi)

Project 39A aims to trigger new conversations on legal aid, torture, DNA forensics, mental health in prisons, and the death penalty, using empirical research to re-examine practices and policies in the Indian criminal justice system. Their work is inspired by Article 39-A of the Indian Constitution, a provision that furthers the intertwined values of equal justice and equal opportunity by removing economic and social barriers. Issues of legal representation and intervention also lie at the core of Project 39A’s mandate. The Project is best known for its Death Penalty Research Project, a centre for litigation and allied research on the death penalty in India.

The successful candidate will receive a maximum stipend of £2,000 to cover travel, living and other expenses associated with the internship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account. The candidate will also be expected to provide a full report on their work at the end of their internship.

3. OPBP Internship Fund: General Applications

OPBP also welcomes applications from Oxford graduate students who wish to undertake internships at other organisations engaged in work related to human rights and public law. Applicants must establish that they have been offered an internship by the organisation, and also provide a description of the work the organisation undertakes.

The successful candidate will receive a maximum stipend of £1,000 to contribute to travel, living and other expenses associated with the internship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account. The candidate will also be expected to provide a full report on their work at the end of their internship.

Please refer to the overview page referring specifically to the application process.