Updated: Nov 12, 2019
The amount of work Good Counsel does would not be possible without our team of interns from around the world, with each intern bringing new experiences and skills to the team. Welcome to our weekly series, where we introduce and interview our interns one at a time.
Nicole is an intern from London. After she finished her history degree in York, she did a Law conversion course (GDL) at the beginning of this year, which she finished in September. After her internship with Good Counsel she will get a job paralegaling where she hopes to get a training contract, as she wants to practice law in London. Nicole also plans on completing her masters degree, which she will start at the end of next year.
Why did you decide to intern for Good Counsel Services?
I’ve been applying for training contracts for a while but I knew I needed more legal experience. If you want to get into law, the key hubs are either London or New York and since I am already from London and want to work there in the future, I thought New York would be the better option to stand out. I chose Good Counsel because of the range of legal work you could do here. So far I have already worked in immigration law, commercial law, and some civil cases. Because it’s mainly interns that work for Good Counsel I knew I would get actual responsibility, which is absolutely great!
What are your general tasks at Good Counsel Services?
Day to day it differs, but generally I would be drafting contracts like an independent contractor agreement or media release form. I also proofread contracts, that have been drafted and I will edit them. The last few days I have been reading over a deposition for a client and I’m going over some keypoints with her. Other things that I am doing is taking calls, keeping up-to-date with cases that are going on, also writing up contracts and documents in a way that it’s in standard english that people who have nothing to do with law be able to understand.
What is the most challenging thing that you had to do so far?
The most challenging thing for me was adjusting to the amount of responsibility that you have. Although I think it’s a good thing, it’s still a big change. You are given a task and it is up to you to find a solution. At first this is quite daunting but you quickly get used to it and you can always ask the other interns, because everyone is in the same boat. Now, it’s really enjoyable because I know what to do and even if I don’t know something I know how to find out.
What is one of the things that stands out to you during your time at Good Counsel?
What stands out is that I can talk directly to clients. I have Elizabeth’s trust to be able to just talk them through the issues, lead my own calls and lead my own projects. That’s huge actually because I think at any other place I wouldn’t be able to do that.
Have you developed any skills during your internship?
In terms of professional skills, I’m good at researching. I’ve also gotten better at following up on things, so if I realized that there is something else going on that I was working on previously, I will send emails now asking for updates. Itis important to get an overview of what’s happening so you don’t lose track because you might have to jump back on to the project and you need to know where you are.
In terms of personal skills, I learned to be a lot more adaptable and flexible. I also learned how to manage working on lots of different things at once, balancing and prioritizing projects.
Would you recommend being an intern at Good Counsel?
I would recommend being an intern at Good Counsel, because of the amount of responsibility that you get. Also, you’ll be working with a great team! We are all interns and we sit around one table, so you get to know people quite well. The work can be stressful, but the environment isn't, so you have a lot of support from people around you and from Elizabeth. Overall it’s just a unique experience, especially if you are practicing Law. You will not get this experience anywhere else!