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20 Feb 2024

Internship at Legal Aid Service: Bridging Theory with Practice in Legal Education

Internships play a pivotal role in the journey of aspiring legal professionals, offering a bridge between academic theory and real-world application. Recently, four student-paralegals had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the practicalities of the legal field through a paid internship at the Legal Aid Service (LAS) Batumi Bureau, supported by the USAID Rule of Law Program. Their experiences shed light on the invaluable benefits gained from such hands-on training.

Nino Gogitidze, motivated by a passion for justice since childhood, found the internship to be a crucial stepping stone in her career path. Collaborating with seasoned lawyers provided her with a platform to translate theoretical knowledge into practical skills, marking an important stage in her professional development.

For Zura Gujabidze, the internship offered a multifaceted learning experience. From delving into landmark decisions of the European Court of Human Rights to honing client management tactics, each aspect contributed to his growth as a legal practitioner. With aspirations in criminal law, Zura envisions contributing to a fairer legal environment in Georgia.

Ia Gorgadze's internship journey was characterized by immersion in the intricacies of legal documentation and courtroom proceedings. Handling cases related to domestic violence and divorce underscored the practical relevance of her legal education. Observing courtroom dynamics equipped her with insights crucial for her future endeavors in the legal field.

Nino Gugesashvili's internship experience provided a firsthand glimpse into the responsibilities of a lawyer. From crafting compelling legal arguments to assisting in criminal cases, each task enhanced her understanding of legal practice. The opportunity to develop defense strategies and present arguments in court highlighted the tangible impact interns can have within the legal system.

By offering students the chance to engage with real client cases, develop communication skills, and navigate legal processes, internships serve as catalysts for professional growth. The collaboration between the USAID Rule of Law Program and LAS not only enriches the educational journey of aspiring legal professionals but also contributes to the accessibility of legal assistance for vulnerable individuals in society.


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