The first case Alec took was an estate planning case. Lee initially told the client about his mentorship with Alec, and then Alec met the client and walked her through her estate planning documents
“While I handled direct communication with the client and formed her estate planning documents, Lee had the final edits,” Alec said. “Then we would set up a time to meet, go over the documents, and notarize them.”
The first time he takes a certain type of case, Alec needs more guidance from Lee. But as he becomes familiar with the legal work required in each case and how to communicate with the clients, he is able to take the lead more and more.
“It’s an experience he doesn’t otherwise have. Alec really enjoys actually interacting with the clients and being a witness in documents that he was involved in preparing,” Lee said. “And from my standpoint, it may take more work initially for me, but the payback and the benefit is something I’m preparing for. My goal is to create a volunteer for life.”
“My advice to law students is to just do it if you can. Find a supervisor and volunteer with VIP. Handling these cases is an invaluable experience, something you can’t get in the classroom,” Alec says. “School is not the time to be comfortable. The best thing to do, the best exposure you can get, is to go and do it.”