Clients’ problems don’t stop during the holidays, and neither does the Law Clinic.
As a Firm Co-Ordinator, I oversee my firm’s case work during the summer break. With most of my firm’s student advisors away from university until September, I’ve stepped in to handle their cases. Picking up ongoing cases halfway through can be challenging, but it is always deeply rewarding to ensure that all our clients are offered the best possible service.
The Law Clinic could not function as it does without summer students: they allow us to continue to be able to offer our full range of services even when the academic year is finished.
In addition to existing cases, we also work hard to accept as many new clients as we can. Without the added burdens of essays or studying for exams, I’ve had a lot more time to focus on casework. I am currently working on eleven cases and have dealt with housing, employment and consumer rights’ disputes. From a personal perspective, it has been a great opportunity to build up practical experience.
The rest of the summer team are fantastic and it has been a privilege to be part of such a hardworking group of like-minded students. Access to justice is incredibly important to me, and I know that my time as a summer student will turn me into a better lawyer.