Posted: June 13th, 2017
- Two of my clients stand out. Each came into the Elder Law Clinic with creditor issues – they had more bills than their fixed incomes allowed them to pay. Each client entered our interview room with fear of what would happen to them and their property if their accounts went into default. How amazing it was to give them an explanation of our state’s protections and how their property would be safe if they got sued. One client even began to cry when I told her of these protections and how she could use them. This is truly why I wanted to become a lawyer: to help people when they are at their most anxious or most fearful for their future.
- The most important skills I improved upon and the ones I hoped to improve upon during my time in Clinic, were meeting and interviewing clients, oral advocacy and general public speaking. I met and interviewed at least five clients within a three-month period. I gained confidence and became more efficient. I knew better which questions to ask and how to speak with clients so that they felt comfortable discussing their needs with me. Finally, handling a court hearing and giving a community program helped me learn to prepare and present complicated information in a way that was appropriate to the different audiences.
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