Background: (Education, work)
City, University of London, Candidate, GE LLB (International Program)
University of Toronto, H. BA
Majors: Criminology & Law, Ethics & Society
Communications Officer – Canadian and American Law Society in London (CALS)
GE LLB Student Representative for the Academic Cohort 2016-2017
Pro-Bono Community Placement – Disability Law Service London (DLS)
Why did you choose to apply to volunteer at DLS?
The decision to apply to Disability Law Service (DLS) for my pro-bono community placement was highly influenced due to my interest in Employment and Community Care Law. This charity sparked my interest for the reason that it provided free legal advice to disabled people, helping those that are marginalized and stigmatized and most in need. I am a personal believer in fostering community solidarity and initiatives that help demystify the law and provide individuals with the appropriate resources and legal information to fight for there legal rights.
What work are you doing for DLS?
I am part of the volunteer student network that partakes in triage calls for the charity. Calling back clients, providing free legal advice and information about Community Care Law. The role is centred on being able to talk to clients and figure out what the legal issues are and what options are available to the client. Most of the time student volunteers need to partake in legal research or guidance from an onsite paralegal or solicitor.
How do you think the experience has helped to improve your skills?
Volunteering at DLS has provided me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the following areas of UK law: Employment, Community Care, and Discrimination. This has given me an international perspective on both common law systems: the Canadian and English Legal System. Furthermore, it has been a great experience in terms of learning how to communicate with all sorts of clients under stressful situations and being able to mediate the conversations into fruitful results. It is a rewarding feeling when you spend 30 minutes on the phone with a client and are able to provide helpful advice, information, and support leaving the client feeling greatly appreciative and hopeful. This experience has helped me visualize what it would look like from a practical setting working as a lawyer and having to engage with clients on a day-to-day basis. I would certainly encourage young aspiring lawyers to volunteer; you are able to apply your theoretical knowledge in a real professional practical setting. The skills I learnt at DLS such as: mediation, problem solving, time management and legal research are skills that I will be able to take with me throughout my legal career. Being apart of the DLS team has been a rewarding and positive experience! Charities like DLS are an integral part of society, which promote community solidarity!