It’s that time of year again where students who have been working in the Student Law Office begin to prepare for life after university. Following on from Abbie’s welcome post in November, it seems fitting to reflect on the work we have completed this year – and what a year it’s been!
We have been dealing with queries ranging from website policies, terms and conditions and intellectual property issues from many different clients including an engineering business, a sole trader service provider and even a university business clinic.
Our time in the Student Law Office has given us an exciting insight into commercial practice. We have also reflected on how our work may have long-lasting benefits for clients who are able to invest funds elsewhere and continue to progress in a thriving business community.
The experience has undoubtedly enhanced our career prospects by providing us with a year of unique practical legal experience and an increased level of commercial awareness.
On a personal note, we felt an amazing sense of achievement when we saw that our client has successfully implemented policies we had drafted onto their company website.
Below, some of our fellow students reflect on their experience and what they have enjoyed the most.
Robyn Heeran says:
“Throughout this year in the SLO I have really enjoyed the hands-on learning experience. Knowing that a client is depending on you to advise them on real life issues ASAP is really motivating and rewarding.”
Perri Byrne says:
“I have really enjoyed working with real clients, especially being given the responsibility to hand and manage their cases.”
As well as our client work we have been lucky enough to be involved in the Student Law Office in other exciting ways, including:
- travelling to London to give intellectual property advice to a client;
- leading our own firm meetings (this included playing Jenga and Pass the Parcel!);
- networking at the Inspiring Entrepreneurs event;
- receiving a visit from a member of the University of Strathclyde’s Law Clinic; and
- raising an enormous amount of food for Newcastle West’s foodbank!
The experience has been truly unforgettable and the lessons learnt will stay with us throughout our professional lives. We hope that next year’s students and clients have an experience as enjoyable and rewarding as ours!
This blog post was written by Elena Cross and Dan Watson:
Elena is a final year MLaw student currently working in a business and commercial firm in the Student Law Office. Elena has secured a training contract with Bond Dickinson LLP in Newcastle for September 2016 and is excited to get started! In the meantime, Elena will continue to work as a bridal consultant in a wedding dress shop and enjoys spending her free time cooking and socialising.
Dan is a final year MLaw student who is currently advising commercial clients in the Student Law Office. He has aspirations to become a commercial lawyer and outside of work has passion for playing and watching sport.