Motivated by his interest in learning about the practice of law in other countries, Zachary P. Cardillo 2L pursued a field placement through Hofstra Law’s Global Legal Practice Externship Program. During the summer after his first year of law school, Zachary was an intern at Ardens Solicitors in London, where he gained practical experience in the field, something essential to every law student.
About my field placement: “This past summer I had the pleasure of working for Ardens Solicitors in London as an intern. The firm predominantly deals with private and commercial conveyancing; dispute resolution; employment law; family law; immigration law; and wills, probate, and estate law.”
Real-world experience: “Under my supervisor, Scott Morris, I had the privilege to work primarily in private conveyancing and probate matters. I was able to accompany different solicitors to court and to talk with two barristers in two separate cases, and even discussed aspects of history with a member of Parliament, or MP, within the halls of Westminster. I filled out forms for the government to review, wrote correspondence between solicitors, and did my fair share of legal research into UK property law involving the Law Society Conveyancing Protocol.”
Takeaways from my experience at Ardens Solicitors and in the UK: “This internship gave me the confidence to write in a legal setting and a unique understanding of UK property law that I plan to incorporate into my education moving forward.
“I also discovered interesting differences between the UK and U.S. legal systems, such as the requirement for a solicitor to hire an outside barrister whenever the need to face a judge arises, or even the current mortgage lending issues surrounding live-work units.
“Additionally, my experience working abroad provided me the ability to observe the work-life balance in a different city and culture, as well as to experience something totally new every day. This experience was priceless.”