Gaining real-life skills in the workplace

An aspiring family lawyer has embarked on a work placement with a local law centre to further her career.
Date: 7 July 2017

A student, who aspires to be a family lawyer, has taken on a work placement with Haringey Law Centre, a charity providing free and independent specialist legal advice, assistance and representation to people living, working and studying in the London Borough of Haringey and the surrounding areas.

Roxanne Cameron, a Legal Practice Course student, will be working at the centre for three to six months where she will undertake duties such as interviewing clients, giving legal advice and taking attendance notes on a wide range of topics from housing to debt.

“I took the work placement because initially I worked in a County Court and was unable to give legal advice but gave general advice on Litigation and Family applications,” said Roxanne.

“Haringey Law Centre give legal advice to the public and I am currently enrolled on a Legal Practice course and therefore I am able to use the legal knowledge and skills to inform people of their rights and get involved in the community legal education projects and contribute to social policy work.”

Roxanne decided to undertake a Legal Practice Course after realising a school work placement made her realise she wanted to embark on a legal career. The former Highgate Wood School student was placed on a one week work placement at a solicitor’s office based in Palmers Green where she shadowed a legal secretary. The placement inspired Roxanne to further her career so she decided she would complete her A-Levels and go on to Higher Education.

Roxanne said: “I chose London Metropolitan University because it is my local university which is near to my home and the people who study here are people I identify with. There are many different nationality and cultures and I feel part of a multicultural family.”

Find out more about studying the Legal Practice Course at London Metropolitan University.