Claire Wong - A week in the life of a MLS Juris Doctor student
Third year JD student Claire Wong shares her week as a law student.
- Advocacy – learning the art of communication and persuasion. Otherwise known as lessons in how to keep the jury awake!
- Coffee with friends to chat as well as to try out methods of examination and methods of asking non-leading questions
- Public Interest Law Clinic class
- Legal research – often this may be independent research
- An afternoon working as a paralegal at a specialist criminal defence law firm. Here I work on analyzing briefs of evidence, reviewing CCTV footage and police interviews, assisting with client interviews
- Advocacy workshop – where you deliver a prepared section of a mock trial, followed by feedback from the MLS judge in residence
- Legal Ethics class
- Spend a relaxing evening watching a legal drama like Silk
- Spend the morning at the in-house clinic at the Victoria Legal Aid city office, seeing clients for the Infringements Court. This is followed by a quick lunch and then down to the Magistrate's Court to act as part of the duty lawyer service, interviewing clients and then representing them in the Special Circumstances List.
- A morning of study
- Tango dancing class
- Legal Ethics class in the afternoon
- Dinner and a night out on the town with friends