Caymanian Joanna Cameron Chasing "Beautifully Complex" Law Career with the Help of Walkers

Twenty-three year old Joanna Cameron is one of seven university-level students who recently had the opportunity to work with a team of lawyers within the Walkers Cayman Islands office as part of the firm's annual Legal Internship Programme. She spent three weeks with the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group, where she participated in real-life client assignments and case work.

A recipient of the 2021 Walkers Legal Scholarship, Joanna has since started the final year of her LLB at the University of Birmingham in the UK; but before heading back to university, Joanna shared a bit about her time with the firm, what motivates her as an aspiring lawyer and how she's making an impact on her community.

Q: How are you giving back to your community while in university?

A: I have been given the opportunity to mentor a group of secondary students in the UK and assist with their personal development and progression beyond secondary education. I create a lesson plan each week, ensuring goals are set and targets are met.

I am also a part of my university’s pro bono group where I work along-side London solicitors, offering legal advice to those in need and give street law sessions to larger groups and schools around the West Midlands, which are designed to teach about legal rights and procedures that everyone should be made aware of.

Q: Why did you choose to study law?

A: Life’s problems are not black and white and no one method or answer may be used for the same problem. That is why I chose law. It is beautifully complex and offers multiple avenues for answering those big ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.

As I was growing up, I noticed that the law governs almost every aspect of society and knew I wanted to learn more about different laws and how they are applied to real life scenarios. The vast room for growth and continuous learning is what also compelled me to pursue a career in law as I knew the opportunities associated with this profession would be plentiful.

Q: What did you learn during your internship?

A: During my internship I was given a short timeframe to construct a letter of advice and it reinforced my ability to read and quickly understand a new area of law, developing my time management and research skills.

Going into the internship programme I had no knowledge of what insolvency is or what it entails. However, after only three weeks, I now have a wider understanding of the many liquidation and insolvency procedures open to a company and feel I can confidently engage in conversation surrounding the matter.

Q: Could you see yourself working for Walkers in the future?

A: I can definitely see myself working for Walkers in the future! My time there, while brief, was nothing short of enlightening. Everyone I worked with was so welcoming and genuinely cared about my personal development, which made it easy to ask questions when I required further understanding on something.

I also appreciated that Walkers focuses on wellbeing and maintaining a healthy work environment, factors I think are essential for any company.

Interning at Walkers has only motivated me further and reassured me that I am pursuing the right career.

 


Over the summer, Walkers legal scholarship recipients Benjamin Black, Zachary Jones, Daniel Lee, Elijah Samson and Lauren-Mae Vernon also completed internships with Walkers. Sherol Anglin, who is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, participated in the Walkers Legal Internship Programme as well.

You can learn more about other students' internship experiences by reading the Walkers Apprentice Interview Series. For more information on the Walkers Cayman legal scholarship and intern programmes, click here.

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