By: Eddie Greenblat, Fall 2018 IAC Student Intern
I will be a better attorney because I was a member of the Investor Advocacy Clinic. Why, you might ask? Well, the story starts with when I enrolled in the Business Arbitration Practicum. I knew nothing about the class and nothing about investments, arbitration, or FINRA. I knew I wanted a clinic experience before I graduated law school, and this appeared to be my path to a clinic. After completing the Practicum and one semester in the clinic, I can honestly say I learned skills that I will use for the rest of my professional life.
I may never end up handling another case related to securities or FINRA arbitration, but the skills I learned in clinic will transfer to any career path.
- I had the opportunity to work closely a team that I now consider to be life-long friends;
- I had the chance to interview clients and assess the strengths and weaknesses of their case;
- I learned how to properly manage my time while still fulfilling the needs of my clients;
- I learned how to communicate within a law firm setting, both with my peers and with a superior; and
- I learned that it is not enough to know the answer, you need to be able to prove that your answer is right.
The clinic is a reprieve from the normal law school class. Yes, I still had a lot of work to do, I’m still stressed about grades, and I’m still not exactly sure if the work I’m doing is at all correct. But the clinic, my classmates, and Professor Iannarone provided an environment where those things mattered less, and my educational experience mattered more.