4 February 2022
Volunteering at ARU’s Law Clinic has been an invaluable experience for me- the whole experience has been an opportunity to build a solid foundation for my legal career alongside studying for my degree.
Besides the implicit benefits from the volunteering experience itself, the opportunity to be a part of the team and build my network has opened doors for further legal work experiences outside of the ARU Law Clinic. Recently, I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to shadow Her Honourable Judge Gordon-Saker in the Cambridge Family Court via my connections with the law clinic.
Shadowing HHJ Gordon-Saker was an extremely constructive experience; I was able to observe how the law is practically applied in the courtroom, both virtually and in person. Over the day I sat on the judge’s bench with HHJ Gordon-Saker for two hearings in the morning and then a follow-up in the afternoon where she gave her judgement. I learnt much about courtroom etiquette and how solicitors and barristers construct and deliver legal arguments.
What stuck out to me the most was joining five judges for their lunch in the judge’s library. It was during this time where I had the opportunity to ask questions and get the greatest insight into the legal career. I was able to develop a personal and professional rapport with the judges which lead to further opportunities being presented to me.
Undertaking this experience confirmed to me that I have chosen the right career path. Shadowing HHJ Gordon-Saker in her chambers and seeing how she constructs her judgments was inspiring and I will carry the skills I have learned from this experience throughout my entire career.