Law Projects in Ghana
- Placement location: Accra
- Role: To work alongside local lawyers and staff, assisting with the day to day tasks of a legal office
- Types of Placements: Legal aid centre or law firm
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Law volunteers in Ghana work in local law firms or at the Ghana Legal Aid Scheme. Through our partnerships with these local advocacy firms and governmental legal aid scheme, volunteers with legal experience are given the opportunity to resolve complaints and specific issues for people revealed as victims.
As part of the work conducted by our staff in the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office, we aim to support legal resolve for human rights disputes. Volunteers are supported by local staff from the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office at their law placements.
In addition to those placements, Law volunteers may also be able to offer their wider expertise and legal knowledge to any one of our Social Justice projects being run by volunteers on the Human Rights Placement.
Placements are ideal if you are a law student or a graduate seeking practical experience of legal office work in a vastly different setting to that of typical legal internships. Additionally it offers the opportunity to gain exposure to Ghanaian laws in practice, legal resolve procedures and current human rights issues in Ghana. The experiences that you gain in Ghana will look good on any CV.
Volunteering at a legal placement in Ghana
On the Law project in Ghana, you will take on the role of a legal intern so you can expect to be busy working at a full-time placement requiring volunteers with a keen interest in the law and a passion for affecting change. You will work alongside local lawyers, paralegals and clerks in a professional environment and will be expected to act accordingly.
You may encounter any number of administrative legal tasks similar to those found in a law firm in your own country. This can include registering new applicants, conducting interviews, attending court and mediations, drafting legal documents and affidavits, and conducting legal research. The difference is that you will be dealing with clients of a very different culture and socio-economic background and the subject matters encountered will reflect this.
The type of cases dealt with varies depending on your placement, but often includes:
- Constitutional matters
- Family, custody, child maintenance and matrimonial disputes
- Personal injury/negligence
- Other cases deserving of legal aid
We typically send experienced lawyers or final year law students on our Law placement in Ghana, although it is possible for less experienced law students to apply for this project. However, the amount and complexity of the work assigned to volunteers will depend on their skill and experience, as well as the unpredictable nature of the cases that are taken on each week.
Assisting with Law & Human Rights projects
In addition to your full time placement it is possible to assist our volunteers in the Law & Human Rights Project; offering your legal knowledge and experience to enhance the projects. This can include conducting in-house seminars, assisting with office research, attending one of our advocacy and outreach sessions, or assisting in training/ mediation in more community based dispute resolution settings.
The availability of this work will depend on our current Human Rights projects as well as the volunteers’ experience, interests and personal schedule. Priority will always be placed on their external placement needs. Those wishing to be involved in such work should communicate this preference as early as possible in the application process.
You can join the Law Project in Ghana for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely on the project, please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone interning or volunteering for a longer stay.
Please note that the Law Project in Ghana is not available for approximately two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Ghana.