Walkers Cayman Intern Daniel Lee Discusses Future Legal Ambitions

Daniel Lee, a Walkers Cayman Legal Scholarship recipient since 2019, discovered his passion for law after changing career paths and has not looked back since. He recently completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Truman Bodden Law School ("TBLS") and earlier this month commenced the Professional Practice Course, TBLS's postgraduate law course.

Daniel spent his summer interning with Walkers in the Cayman Islands for the second time; this year with the firm's market-leading Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group. In this interview, he shares his most recent internship experience and how Walkers continues to support his development as an aspiring lawyer.

Q: At what point did you choose law as a career path?
A: I have always been interested in law and decided to enrol at TBLS after the birth of my first child. I am glad that I made that decision because it quickly became apparent that a legal career is the absolute right fit for me; I realised I enjoyed studying law immensely.

Having participated in two legal internships at Walkers, I was given a real glimpse into what it will be like to practice law in the Cayman Islands, something I am very much looking forward to.

Q: What was your favourite experience during your internship?
A: My favourite experience during this year's internship was working on my assigned project; I had to prepare a memorandum of advice for a client and deliver a presentation, which required me to do extensive legal research on an area that I had never studied before. It was challenging at times but in the end, I was able to produce a piece of work that I was extremely proud of.

For any law student who, like me, is looking for a challenge and wants to gain excellent practical experience, I would recommend you consider applying to the Walkers Legal Internship Programme.

Q: How did your mentors help you throughout your internship?
A: My mentors were extremely helpful during the internship. Whether it was taking the time to explain aspects of their ongoing matters to me or answering the many questions I posed to them, they always responded with patience and in great detail to ensure I fully understood all the technical points. I really appreciate the effort they made to include me in their work and to make sure that I had a comprehensive learning experience.

Q: What are your goals after graduation?
A: My main goal after graduation is to start my Articles of Clerkship, which is the final step before becoming an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands and my ultimate goal. I believe that Walkers offers outstanding training opportunities for trainee lawyers in Cayman, so another goal of mine is to gain acceptance onto that training programme.

Over the summer, Walkers legal scholarship recipients Benjamin Black, Zachary Jones, Joanna Cameron, 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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