What community law means to me: Q&A with Atinuke Taiwo, Law Clinic Community Law Manager
13 October 2020
Law Clinic’s Community Law Manager Atinuke Taiwo spoke to us about her decision to study Law at Bristol and how it will help to achieve her future goals – as well as why working in the Law Clinic appealed to her, and her reason for specialising in community law.
Why did you choose to study Law at Bristol?
I chose Bristol University because I knew it was a great university for Law. I was keen to attend a City university and Bristol was the perfect small city location that I was looking for! I had also heard of the University of Bristol Law Clinic and it was something I was eager to be a part of.
What have you discovered about Bristol that has surprised you?
The main thing that has really surprised me about Bristol is how the city has a life of its own. There is a liveliness and buzz that is so different to London where I am from. It is a city that is definitely incomparable to any other city and Bristol University is located right in the heart of the excitement.
What inspired you to choose Community Law as a specialism?
One of the first things I realised in my first year of studying Law was how technical and often elusive the law appeared to the common eye. The law is definitely not easy to grasp yet it is such a vital part of our lives and easily dictates many of the things we do. I thought that community law would be an amazing opportunity to provide information to people on their rights, how the law can protect them and a general insight into interesting legal topics.
Could you describe what Community Law means to you?
For me community law is my opportunity to contribute to social responsibility. I believe that community law can be of great help to communities here in Bristol. In continuing to work with charities and schools, educating people on topics such as knife crime and domestic violence laws amongst others, it could potentially change and save lives.
Do you feel that Bristol University is a welcoming place to come and study for students with a different cultural heritage?
I do believe the University of Bristol is welcoming for students of a different cultural heritage. From my experience, I have not felt at any disadvantage here due to my cultural heritage. Whilst there is still more that can be done, I especially believe there is a strong and inspirational Black Lives Matter movement going on in Bristol that is promising.
Why did you want to get involved in the Law Clinic?
I became involved with the Law Clinic as I knew it would be a great opportunity to put what I was learning in law school into practice and develop my ability interact and help others. The opportunity to help people that may otherwise struggle to find legal advice is something that was really appealing to me.
How will studying at Bristol help you achieve your future goals?
The range of modules in the Bristol Law School available to us as well as the depth in with we learn allows me to really develop a true understanding of what the law entails, and, I believe, has helped me ascertain my desire to become a lawyer. The University, being well respected, is also well connected with employers and highly supportive in providing opportunities to explore career paths and develop relationships with different law firms.
The University of Bristol’s Law Clinic provides pro-bono legal advice, supporting those that most need it to get the justice they deserve - whilst students gain the very best clinical legal education through the provision of a valuable social service that has the power to change lives. Find out more about the work of the Law Clinic on their webpage.