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25th anniversary of Boston College’s London Programme

editor - June 23, 2014

Boston College Law School’s (BCLS) London internship programme, in conjunction with King’s College London, has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. For the last two of those years, Fair Trials International has been fortunate enough to benefit from an annual placement through the programme.
The most recent participant to come to Fair Trials was Josh Neifeld, who explained what he got out of the experience: “I am really grateful for having had the opportunity to participate as a student in the London programme. To be transported out of my Newton, Massachusetts law school microcosmos that I had been comfortably calling home for two years to cosmopolitan London was truly refreshing.
"As part of the programme I was placed at Fair Trials, who work to ensure legal systems don't take shortcuts when it comes to matters of criminal justice. I could write pages about what I learned at FTI about issues in European criminal justice.”
Another former programme graduate was Hannah Joseph, now an associate at Beck Reed Riden LLP.  When asked about her experiences of the programme, Hannah explained that: “Due process is not available to everyone, in all nations… a very limited percentage of people in this world actually enjoy the right as we have envisioned it.  Due process, as practiced through guaranteed procedural safeguards, is a vulnerable legal construction that must be protected.
“I interned with Fair Trials in 2013.  During the four or five months that I worked in its policy department, I watched FTI shape public policy by engaging in meaningful dialogue with the EU legislature, initiate educational programmes across the Member States on issues pertaining to the European Arrest Warrant, pre-trial detention, and access to legal counsel, and help to bring individual cases to resolution."
Like many other charities, Fair Trials relies on crucial support from volunteers to increase its impact, and this programme gives the interns valuable experience alongside their studies. They work within the Law Reform team on a variety of assignments, reflecting the broad spectrum of work that we do.
For employment and volunteering opportunities, please visit the vacancies page.
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