Tell us what you did as a judicial assistant. What were your tasks?
Working on the most important legal questions of the day was a challenging and fascinating prospect. As a judicial assistant, I had the privilege of discussing the cases with the Justices before and after the hearing. One of the main tasks I and the other assistants did was to summarise applications for permission to appeal and to prepare the two-page press summary that accompanies every judgment on the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) website.
What were some of the highlights of your experience?
One of the highlights was an exchange with the US Supreme Court during which we attended hearings and met with some of the US Justices. However, the best thing about the experience has to be the opportunity to work with, and learn from, the UK Supreme Court Justices themselves.
And what was the hardest thing you had to do?
Finding the confidence to disagree with one or more Supreme Court Judges was probably the biggest initial challenge. Taking a different view pushed each of us to have to consider and re-consider our arguments very carefully before articulating them in front of the Justices.
Do you have any advice for someone who is considering following in your footsteps?
I highly recommend the scheme. By way of advice, I would suggest keeping abreast with judgments handed down by the UKSC so that if/when you come to apply, you are familiar with what the court actually does.