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Juste Raipaite - Croydon Legal Caseworker
"I was offered the chance to volunteer at South West London Law Centres in 2017. At first, I thought that the experience would help me gain an insight into how law is applied in practice as this is never really covered at University. However, it did much more than that. I soon realised that many of the clients that the Law Centre assist are treated unfairly because of government policy much of which needs to change urgently. That is why this role is so rewarding and time is of the essence when there is so much work to be done.
I started off as a receptionist and then was offered a role of a casework assistant which gave me an insight in the application of legal nuances. This is ideal for a law student, or anyone with an interest in governmental policy or law. I am more than happy to have joined a great team of SWLLC and I can’t wait for the new challenges that await. I am very happy that I chose to volunteer at a charity with such a fantastic worthwhile cause."
Danita Perrineau- Croydon Receptionist and Morden Legal Caseworker
"I started volunteering for South West London Law Centre at the Croydon reception towards the end of my degree to gain some valuable experience in a legal environment. Being on the reception has been really exciting as I’ve been able to interact with clients, listening to their issues and directing them to the right departments so that they can get the help they need. I had initially started off on reception, but I was then given the opportunity to volunteer as a casework assistant, which meant I was able to work more closely with the solicitors and their cases. This gave me great legal experience and I’m now able to apply the skills that they taught me to my new full time legal job. Although the law centre has helped me to get this job today, the experience is great for anyone - not just someone looking to get into a legal environment, as it can offer you full on client interaction and administrative skills which are adaptable to numerous jobs today. The law centre really cares about their volunteers and you can guarantee that they will be looking after you from the day you start. If I was to do things differently, I would have started volunteering earlier on in my degree, as they are very flexible with what days you can help and are so understandable when it comes to other commitments which meant it would have fit perfectly around the rest of my studies. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and would highly recommend everyone else to volunteer too"