By Morag McEwan, Summer Intern
I am finding it an invaluable experience to spend my summer interning in the Family Law department at Turcan Connell. Having just completed my first year of the Graduate LLB, I had recently studied and become engrossed in the area and so I was delighted to have the opportunity to put this into practice. Undertaking an internship is an exciting, yet daunting, prospect for any law student, however, after meeting my team, I was quickly put at ease by the approachable and welcoming nature of all it’s members.
Over the past few weeks, my team has accepted me as an integral member and guided me through some interesting and varied work. My mentor has been central in ensuring that I am exposed to a range of activities and challenges. In addition to assisting the team in it’s work, I am tasked with the daily duties of ‘Court runner’, including the delivery of documents to Advocates and other law firms. In the role of Court Runner, I have lodged documents with the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, braving the administrative teams at both. This has given me considerable insight into the court process, and what is required on a practical, instead of just a theoretical level, when working in Family Law. This has allowed me to understand something of the work of a trainee in the Family Law department.
In addition to the camaraderie and genuine generous assistance given to me by the team, my experience so far has left me with a feeling of being part of something really valuable in terms of high quality private client. What I have learnt leaves me in no doubt that I would recommend the experience to anyone who has an interest in this area of law.