Dana was 16 when she spent a week here on Work Experience. She recollects the case she saw in court, which she then studied as part of her degree: “In 2009 during my AS-levels, I was determined to gain more experience in a barristers’ chambers, before I embarked on my decision to study Law at University. I was extremely pleased to discover that Matrix offered the work experience programme, as I had previously been informed of Matrix’s high reputation in many areas of Law. In addition, I was excited when I discovered that Cherie Blair was also a barrister there.
During my one week’s placement, I was privileged enough to visit the Supreme Court. I attended this newly created court for three days, for the leading case of the Jewish Free School, concerning racial discrimination. Here I was handed the skeleton argument, which not only bettered my understanding of the case, but my knowledge of how such a document is structured. In addition, I had the opportunity to have tea with two of the trainee barristers where I was able to ask questions and I felt very comfortable with them as they could relate better to my position. My experiences at Matrix Chambers definitely reconfirmed my choice to study Law at university.
At present, I am in my first year of studying Law at Queen Mary, University of London. It is tough, yet surprisingly at the same time, enjoyable. In a Public Law tutorial, my tutor mentioned the JFS case and I was proud to say that during my time at Matrix I was able to attend this, which surprised and excited all in my group.
I am grateful to Matrix for providing me with this unforgettable experience. I gained knowledge about a leading case and met individuals who until this day I remember, as they truly inspired me to reach my goal of also becoming a barrister.”