Hi, how are you going? My name’s Caitlin KeageI’m currently in my final year of LawI’m doing my Graduate Diploma in Legal Practiceand I have another degree in Political Science. My name’s Carly ManuelI’m in my fourth year of Law doing honours this yearand I’m part of the Legal Advice Clinic. The Legal Advice Clinic is a placement optionfor students who are enrolled in an elective calledLegal, Professional and Community Service Experience. Students can choose to be placed in the clinic as their placement. The clinic plays a very important role in the developmentof, not only student skills, but alsothe students’ understanding of client-centered practiceand what it means to actually be a Lawyer. So, students learn about the role of the Lawyerand in particular they really have a day-to-dayunderstanding of all the ethical componentsof what it means to actually be a legal practitioner. Well, the Law Clinic was a really good initiative by UniSAIt’s just a great opportunity to provideaccess to justice for those in the communitywho wouldn’t be able to seek legal adviceif it wasn’t for the service that we provide. There is a vast section of the populationwhich simply does not get access to legal adviceand then, in turn, those people don’t get access to justice. So, the Legal Advice Clinic can provide accessto justice for particularly marginalisedand vulnerable members of our society. The legal advice clinic here at the uni is a free serviceavailable to anyone in the community. We’re able to interview them and figure out whattheir legal dispute is and if they’re eligiblefor us to help them then we’ll do our bestwith the resources that we have. Researching the issues, then talking with the Solicitor thereand then being able to have follow up interviewsand advise the clients. Actually dealing with real people providesquite a different experience for students compared withproblem solving in a simulated environment. Throughout the Law degree there are a lot ofexperiential learning opportunities for studentsbut in this particular environment they’re actually able to solvereal problems with real people. Our first day at the clinic was really full on. We had our client, we had to get out a letter by that nightand now I’m writing letters within an hourand that is definitely going to help in my career. The skills that I’ve learned in the clinicwill definitely help me in my future career. You really learn how much is involved in taking on a client. Any member of the public can come to the clinicand we will endeavour to help as many people as we can. There are some areas of law that we will be unable to help withbut we will make a decision about thoseon a case-by-case basis.

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