“This year I had the opportunity to work with Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) through Pro Bono Students Canada. My role at PLEIS-NB as a Pro-Bono student allowed me the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and tasks. Through answering email and phone questions I was really able to hone my research skills while also cultivating a deeper understanding of the law. Working on new informational publications allowed me to learn about plain-language writing and the importance of making the law understandable and accessible for everyone.
Being a first year law student this opportunity served as an amazing learning opportunity in more than one way. Not only did I have the chance to learn more about topics we’d discussed in my classes, like contracts and property disputes, but I also was able to look into areas of the law that I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise, like the legal aspects of green burials. The experience also provided me with greater insight into how the general public interacts with the law, and how important the roles of lawyers and legal professionals are. Being able to experience this “real-world” legal education in conjunction with starting my own formal legal education allowed me to develop a more holistic understanding of the law and provided me with great insight into where my legal career could take me in the future. Overall the experience has been incredibly valuable; and the opportunity to work for a non-profit that genuinely helped others made it all the more worthwhile and rewarding. Being able to be a tangible part of helping someone else solve a real legal problem has been an incredible experience, and being a part of PBSC this year has been invaluable.”
-Lauren Trueman, 1L