Housing Clinic, Semester 2

Time to take it up a notch.

The professor warned us, and she was not kidding. It’s not as though the first semester was a walk in the park, but now I have my work cut out for me.  At first we focused on the basics; standards of professionalism, client management, and independent research. Now that we have some experience in these areas, she is really pushing us to see what we are capable of. It’s almost like the professor was teaching us how to swim when she fully intended on pushing us in the deep end! 

The multiple clients, back to back deadlines, and endless rabbit holes keep me on my toes. Client meetings during winter break, Saturdays spent reading endless statutes, and Sundays spent in the workroom are but a few examples of the dedication that has been created in me by my participation in this clinic.  It’s exhausting but it is so worth it. It is so nice to get compliments from clients and have them express appreciation for all the hard work and energy that goes into the work we do. It’s almost equally as nice to have shared a delicious meal with them in their home. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity to work with such good people. I’m even grateful for the not always so nice people who give you the opportunity to work on your client management skills. 

I remember getting some guidance and being encouraged to ask questions first semester. Now, we all know what questions we need to ask ourselves to help us get the information necessary to complete the task at hand. We are now able to confidently guide our clients through their matters and feel competent in providing the services we offer.