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SARAH JANE ARMITAGE
British

Law Work Experience Internship in Negombo, Sri Lanka
         

I took part in the Law Placement in Sri Lanka, Negombo. I originally took part in the placement to help build up my CV and decided to go to Sri Lanka as all the places I applied to in the UK were not taking on students due to the recession.

I'm glad I did it as I loved every minute of the placement and would recommend it to others.

During the placement we would be taken to Court every morning for a few hours and have a real insight into Sri Lanka law. The Court cases were mostly in Sinhalese but the lawyers we worked with did often speak to the judge in English so we could understand what was going on.

When we were in the office, the lawyers all spoke in English and when the clients came in we would be invited to join them and the conversations between the client and lawyers would be in English. Throughout the afternoon we would be given Sri Lankan law books to read and study and compare to the English law we had already learnt. One of the lawyers would also sit with us and go through any Sri Lankan laws we were interested in and teach us the basics.

Throughout our placement we were given letters or documents to type up and on a few occasions we were taught how to draft a will and lease and then we were shown what the original should look like.

The placement was very helpful and made me realise that I want to further my career in law after my final year at University. For anyone who wants to go into a career in law and is looking for experience this is a good idea.

The placement also allows you to blend in with the culture in Sri Lanka. The staff there will organise any trips you want to go on and will do their very best to make sure you have the best time and experience the country. Sri Lanka is a very beautiful country and full of culture and lots of activities to do.

We went for 6 weeks and didn't get all the activities we planned in as there is just so much to do. We have made friends for life, both with other volunteers and the staff and will be returning hopefully next year.

This placement definitely exceeded my expectations, I can't recommend it highly enough, its been a life changing experience.  

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