Volunteer for RLAP

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Through family reunion, refugees can bring to the UK family members whom they had to leave behind when fleeing from their country. Legal aid is not available for family reunion, and refugees often struggle to complete the application on their own or to pay for professional legal assistance.

You will receive specific training on the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers, and on the mechanisms regulating access to Refugee Family Reunion in the UK; and you will then put them into practice by interacting directly with clients, under the supervision of qualified practitioners keen on sharing their knowledge and experience.

Working under the supervision of qualified lawyers, you will assist clients from the initial phase of assessment of the merits of the application, through collection of evidence, interviews, drafting of statements, and preparation of the application bundle. You will develop your skills as a lawyer and social worker, and get a first glimpse of a real career as a legal professional.

You will have the chance to develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by refugees in their countries of origin and asylum – enriching your student career with an invaluable experience of the human dimension of refugee-related phenomena.

RLAP surgeries take place at the Luton campus on Tuesday afternoons every week during term time. Caseworkers are expected to attend all surgeries.

Applications are now open for 2023-24!

To apply, send an email with your CV and cover letter to rlap@beds.ac.uk by Tuesday, 3 October 2023.


RLAP is based at the Luton campus.

University of Bedfordshire
University Square
Luton, Bedfordshire


Need Assistance with your Family Reunion Application?

If you want to book an appointment, you can contact us at rlap@beds.ac.uk