17 April 2018
LLB (Hons) Law student Afia blogs about the benefits of the new Law Clinic in providing work experience.
"So why should we give you this position?"
You’re in your first interview after finishing your law degree and, whilst you have received many warnings about this dreaded question, a smile forms on your lips, you straighten your back and your heart swells with pride as you prepare to confidently divulge your experiences at Anglia Ruskin University’s first and Cambridge’s only Pro Bono Law Clinic. An invaluable opportunity for ARU Law students to work on real-life cases, under the supervision of qualified solicitors.
Last year, a number of Law students at ARU had requested a Law Clinic, understanding the benefits it would bring, and the response was positive. We knew that the establishment of a clinic was in the near future but we certainly did not expect that it would be during our time as students at the University.
We’re really proud to have paved the way for future ARU Law students and be lucky enough to be the first students to actively get involved with setting up the clinic. The Clinic is now fully kitted out and we were lucky enough to have a tour of this exciting new facility!
The advice Sarah Calder, Law Clinic Director, gives in her blog is exactly why every ARU Law student should endeavour to be involved. Sarah writes:
"It's a fantastic opportunity to give something back to the community whilst developing and enhancing practical legal skills for your CV and growing relationships with local legal professionals, standing you in good stead for your future career.”
We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to apply what we are learning, whilst we are being taught. I can’t wait to get started!
By Afia, LLB (Hons) Law student