Kanon Clifford

Country: Canada
Sector: Law
Job title: Associate Lawyer
Subject of study: Law
Year of graduation: 2018
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Bergeron Clifford LLP

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since leaving Exeter, I have been working at one of Canada’s Top 10 Injury law boutique firms. I work with catastrophically injured individuals and help them navigate a complicated and often confusing legal system across Ontario, Canada’s largest Province. As a lawyer in Ontario, I work both in the courtroom and outside. I am a Barrister and Solicitor. I ensure injured clients receive the best possible assistance during the litigation of their injury claims.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

The ability to make meaningful changes in people’s lives is what attracts me to this career. I work with some of the most vulnerable individuals in the legal system and helping them overcome their injuries and obtain fair compensation brings me enjoyment. Witnessing someone leave my office with a smile after a catastrophic injury brought them to me makes each long day of work worth every bit. I enjoy navigating complex legal issues and the personability of the profession.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

During my time at Exeter, I was a member of the student law society, The Exeter Law Review and the Debating Society.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I enjoyed the close-knit community Exeter Law School offered and the wonderful staff who always had time for a quick chat. No matter how busy the facility was, they always had time to chat and offer helpful advice.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The campus was beautiful, the students were friendly and I had the chance to make life-long friends from all around the globe and all walks of life.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I was brought to Exeter by the allure of studying in the English countryside. Coming from Canada, I was looking for a new experience balanced with a University with a strong academic track record. Exeter offered a wonderful English experience without the high cost of living in London and the chance to attend a Russell Group University with a solid academic ranking. Exeter was the perfect match.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Skills: Problem-solving, teamwork and a strong ability to listen. Experiences: Negotiation and advocacy competitions offered by the student law society and debates offered by the Debating Society offered a unique insight into contemporary issues facing access to justice and the ability to practice before using these skills in practice. Working with international students in my seminars and study group also offered a unique perspective on how to deal with individuals who’s experiences and knowledge differ from my own.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

If you are looking to become a practicing lawyer in North America, a strong quality employers look for is affability. Are you friendly, are you hardworking, are you a team player? When you go in for an interview, a significant emphasis is placed on how much the interviewer likes you. Put a smile on your face, be prepared for an open discussion, not just question-answer talk, and look to show you are a quality candidate. Be personable, show passion and show hard work and dedication. Do this, and you will go far.

What are your plans for the future?

To keep fighting the good fight and never stop learning.

 

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