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Meet our Legal Student Support Officer

Sinead is SHU Law’s Legal Student Support Officer and joined our team in July 2019, she is the key contact for all students and staff. Sinead is on hand to provide support and advice to our students ensuring they have a fantastic experience whilst studying here at SHU Law.

Before joining SHU Law, Sinead worked as a residential conveyancer and has many years of experience working within the legal profession. Sinead is no stranger to Sheffield Hallam University, she studied here and graduated in 2011. During her final year she was delighted to be part of the Innocence Project, a select group of 12 students assisting clients with their claims of Miscarriage of Justice, we still offer this service as part of our Criminal Appeals Clinic. Our clinical modules have expanded a great deal since then, and we are now able to offer an invaluable experience to a larger cohort of students serving the community and widening the access to justice. Sinead has hands on experience of studying clinical modules and together with her legal background is well equipped to working in our regulated law firm, passing on her own insight and knowledge to our students.

“I feel extremely proud to be working for a University which helped to shape my own career and future. Whilst studying my Law Degree, I never truly understood just how much a clinical module would help me to gain those vital key skills we were told about. After graduating when I started searching for my first ‘real world’ job, those key skills helped me to write a cover letter, conduct myself well in interviews and land my first role in a law firm. I was able to write legal letters, speak to clients confidently and understood the standards of good legal practice. I do believe that having a clinical module on my CV certainly set me apart from the rest, employers were keen to know more it was a great talking point. Clinical education is incredibly important to me, I have seen first-hand how being involved in a clinical module can help to build confidence and those transferable skills vital for any career. I am thankful to have had that opportunity in 2011 and now grateful to be part of a community which promotes student learning in a real-world context enabling them to gain those skills for their own future careers.”

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