Host Organisation: Asylum Aid 2022

Maud Field

Briefly explain your most recent educational background and any work (paid or voluntary) you were doing before you began your Fellowship?

Prior to starting my Fellowship, my areas of legal interest have primarily comprised of Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights. I volunteered at the Refugee Camp in Calais, and witnessing the refugee experience first-hand inspired my journey into Law. I had previously studied Philosophy as my undergraduate degree but, after gaining some experience as a paralegal, I decided to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
I have since found my passion working with asylum-seekers, and have gained experience from working both at a private immigration law firm and an asylum charity.

Why did you want to apply for a Justice First Fellowship?

I was elated when I discovered that the Justice First Fellowship was something that existed. Having completed all the relevant studies, I was set on qualifying as a solicitor but was hesitant to embark on a training contract in a more corporate setting, daunted by the prospect of having to work in areas of law that I was far less passionate about.
Being part of a fellowship whose members are all pioneers of social justice, as well as joining an organisation that shares my passions and values in this field of work, is an absolute privilege.

Complete the following sentence: ‘Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy…’

Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy many things that involve being away from a computer! I have recently taken up silversmithing, and also love playing a range of musical instruments with my (more musically talented) sister. I’m always thrilled to receive a novel as a gift, and enjoy going to the cinema just for the experience, as much as the quality of the film.

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