I went to South Africa to complete an internship in law for 12 weeks at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. My initial reasoning for choosing to be a part of this program was that I planned to go to law school and I wanted legal experience to ensure this was the profession I wanted to pursue.After learning more about the program, I was excited about the opportunities of the type of legal work I could be involved in as I could combine my two greatest passions — law and helping others.
I gained an abundant amount of knowledge from performing legal tasks and from the amazing legal staff who made it a one-of-a-kind experience through the developmental learning environment.
I was also able to grow personally by expanding my cultural knowledge that I can apply both in school and in my everyday life.I was able to perform actual legal work, and at one time had 40 legal cases that I personally worked on along with the attorney in the office. Because of my work ethic and knowledge gained, I was able to run a legal clinic in one of the Townships in Mitchell’s Plain. It was an amazing experience to interact with various people and other interns, and take on a more expansive role during my internship.