Working with Mr. Garih provided me deep insight into the life of a lawyer, court procedures and the Canadian legal system. Throughout, Mr. Garih encouraged me to ask questions that he patiently answered; this deeply expanded my understanding of the profession.
I was also given the opportunity to shadow other lawyers, which greatly expanded my range of perspectives. In the process I was introduced not only to many other lawyers, but also judges, court workers and other legal experts, establishing my own network of contacts within the courts. I gained some public speaking skills and experience by appearing and addressing the court, writing legal memos and interviewing clients. These practical skills will greatly aid me in my professional journey, especially if I decide to become a lawyer.
This internship also changed the way I view the justice system and the people who find themselves facing the courts. It has awakened me to the need for an understanding of addiction and mental health, and how these two components intersect at the heart of crime, especially in the Downtown East-side of Vancouver. Overall, this internship was a deeply motivational experience and has led me to develop a passion for criminal law.