I spent a year (and a bit!) with JUSTICE as the Scottish Legal Fellow, while I completed my Diploma in Professional Practice. Despite working from home in Scotland, I was always made to feel part of the team and as valued a member of staff as those who had been there for years. JUSTICE is a very supportive place to work and I was always encouraged to think about my personal development and what I hoped to gain from the role.
In terms of the work, the Scottish Legal Fellow role is a funny position because it is both niche and broad at the same time. Rather than focussing on criminal or civil or administrative law, I got to work across all areas, just with a specific Scottish context. With that in mind, the projects I worked on while at JUSTICE were extremely varied, and I gained exposure to stakeholders and practitioners from across the field, all working on the most prescient issues in the country.
I have learned so much from the whole team and have a much greater understanding of how an NGO like JUSTICE operates. From a glimpse into the effort that goes into securing funding, arranging events and increasing membership, engaging with stakeholders, and of course the work of the policy team in constantly keep abreast of developments in the law, running working parties and implementing past recommendations – I feel very lucky to have been part of the team, even for a short while.