I volunteered at the Civil Legal Advice Clinic as a student advisor.
The range of activities meant that I was developing organisational, writing, and research skills, and gaining confidence in interviewing clients. Doing the pro bono scheme at the time tied in great to what I was learning on the LPC. For example, I already had lessons in interviewing and advising.
Being part of the clinic meant I was working with other students and could share ideas and responsibilities on cases. It was also great because each client brought a different legal matter for me to get to know and look into. No one matter was the same. Overall the clinic was great for my self-development as we were left to our own initiative and time management of a client matter but throughout the whole experience, I felt I was supported by our supervisors who were always ready to help me.
Written by Melanie, LLB and LPC graduate at The City Law School.