Public Law Project (PLP) works to ensure people who are disadvantaged and marginalised can hold the state to account.  For almost 30 years we have helped civil society, advisers and lawyers use the law to prevent abuses of power and improve access to justice in England and Wales.  We employ specialist lawyers who represent individuals, campaign groups and charities, often in high profile, high stakes, public interest litigation. Our researchers work in partnership with the UK’s leading academic institutions, and we run a national programme of conferences and training. 

This six-month research internship provides an opportunity for an exceptional candidate to conduct a supervised research project on the theme of monitoring and evaluating impact in the not-for-profit and public/administrative law sectors. The internship is open to law graduates and would be an ideal career development opportunity for someone looking to start a career in research. The role is supervised by, and will work directly with, the PLP Research Director (Dr Joe Tomlinson).

The purpose of this role is to help Public Law Project design systems to enable robust data capture about our impact, to collect and analyse this data and report on our impact clearly to internal and external stakeholders and learn from what this data is telling us.

The role will play an important part in developing PLP’s effectiveness in the future. PLP’s new Strategic Plan articulates a common objective (to use resources effectively to challenge unlawfulness significantly impacting on disadvantaged groups and support others to do so) for a wide range of projects and ongoing work. This highlights a pre-existing need for PLP to compare the effectiveness of our different activities. We also need to be mindful of the potential effect on organisational capacity of introducing new monitoring requirements across all our work in addition to existing reporting commitments and ensure we can measure relevant metrics efficiently. We need to create opportunities to learn how to improve our impact and how we run activities.

In particular, the role will help us evaluate the effectiveness of new policy, communications and events posts and, together with the post-holders, develop KPIs for monitoring the impact of these new functions. The role will also assist PLP in deepening our understanding of our beneficiaries and look for opportunities for them to shape our work.

Please download the full Job Pack and Application Form for further details.

Please email all completed forms to by 11.59pm on Thursday, 17th June 2021.

PLP is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident Employer

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Disability-Confident-Committed-Employer-badge-002.png