So Long, Farewell, I Hate to Say “Goodbye”

By Alisa Radut, Spring 2018 IAC Student Intern

♫“There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall, And the bells in the steeple too…. Regretfully they tell us, but firmly they compel us, to say goodbye….”♫

For those not familiar with the song reference from the popular motion picture The Sound of Music, the lyrics of the song encompass my feelings in leaving the clinic: bittersweet.

My second and last semester in the clinic has come to an end.  When I decided to return to the clinic, my main goal was to become an “expert” in dealing with the issues we face in helping clients.  Well, that certainly did not happen.  I did, however, grow in many other unexpected ways. 

The clinic offers a variety of opportunities in terms of matters we analyze.  In that sense, one may not get repeated exposure to the same type of case.  Although I have not become an expert in the matters we dealt with throughout this semester, I did have the opportunity to see things from a different perspective—that of a leader.  I had the chance to step back and analyze the big picture in handling a case.

Coming back, I already had an idea of the direction the team should go in and the steps needed to get there.  And for me, it was a matter of maneuvering my teammates in that direction.  My experience evolved from fumbling in the dark while trying to find a light switch, to walking on a somewhat well-lit path, equipped with a “map” to our desired destination.

Although attributable to my diligent and hard-working team members, this experience has proved extremely rewarding.  Looking back on my time in the clinic, I realize how privileged I am to have experienced a snippet of what the practice of law will be—independently working together, under a supervisory attorney, to provide quality work, and advocate for the client.

But most importantly, we had the opportunity to be attorneys!