Helping - learning - taking responsibility
Who wants what from whom? This question may sound banal at first, but even law students often find it difficult to answer. So how does the layman in law feel when he has a legal problem that needs to be solved?
In almost every situation in life we can be confronted with legal questions every day, but the legal situation is often opaque. In such cases good advice is usually expensive.
That is why we want to be a contact for those who need legal advice and cannot easily afford to hire a lawyer. As the first point of contact, we want to help you get to know your rights and enforce them.
Besides the aspect of helping others, we also want to expand our own knowledge and train our legal skills.
What does it mean to be in direct contact with a client? What questions do I have to ask in order to sufficiently grasp a life situation that has not yet been pre-formulated? What bureaucratic hurdles must be overcome and how do we structure our work to be efficient, reliable and competent?
All these experiences cannot be imparted to us in normal theory studies and even if this is more successful later in the legal clerkship, we believe that it is important to learn earlier how to apply the theoretical knowledge in legal practice. Although internships during the course of studies offer the opportunity to do so, we are convinced that we can achieve a greater learning increase through continuous, independent action within the framework of student legal advice. Because there we can accompany processes very closely from beginning to end, see the consequences of our actions and develop ourselves over a longer period of time.
Finally, unlike a normal internship, student legal counselling offers the opportunity to take on social responsibility and integrates students more strongly into their social environment. We believe it is important that law students not only study the law in the abstract, but also understand in concrete terms how it works. This is the only way they can recognise who they might disadvantage or prefer before they take up positions in which they make law or administer justice after their studies.
In our opinion, the possibility of taking on responsibility within the framework of student legal counselling therefore has two positive effects: On the one hand, students can develop their own skills through practical experience, and on the other hand, they are sensitised to the social effects of law and thus also to their social responsibility as lawyers.
Pro Bono Heidelberg e.V.
Helping - Learning - Taking Responsibility
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