UC Law Student’s undergrad experience leads to involvement with DV Clinic

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2L student Emily Medosch

Second year law student Emily Medosch says her undergraduate degrees directly influenced her desire to study law. Her experience at the University of Cincinnati College of Law has provided many opportunities to practice her knowledge and hone her skills: the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic, in particular, gave her a chance to make a real difference with clients.

“I studied Spanish and Latin American studies at Miami University (Ohio),” Medosch recalls, “and that got me interested in law school, because I wanted to work in the area of immigration and help people in general.”

In her sophomore year, she took a class that included a volunteering component, where the students had to go out into the community and work with Spanish-speaking individuals.

Medosch worked with children with disabilities, “but when the Trump administration came in, a lot of these children stopped coming in, which was really disheartening to see.”

At Miami, Medosch was involved with a non-profit organization called Women Helping Women. This was a learning experience for her because this organization provided student counseling, assisted with civil protection order paperwork, and conducted/made hospital calls. This led to her initial interested in UC Law and the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic.

It’s been a great all-around learning experience and it’s very cool to see things result in something positive.

Emily Medosch

The clinic provided a way to assist people during an emotionally tough time. When working with clients, she helped ensure they received the protection and assistance they needed that worked best for them in the moment.

"We don’t pressure clients to pursue exact avenues: we work with what the client wants and needs and make sure they get it," she says.

The clinic also does an excellent job in matching students with other areas and cases that they are interested in. For Medosch, that was immigration law.

“It’s been a great all-around learning experience and it’s very cool to see things result in something positive,” she reflects.

Moving forward, Medosch plans to continue working with family or immigration law. “Those are two areas I’m really interested in and passionate about,” she says.

And thanks to her undergraduate degrees, she is able to do just that by communicating well with Spanish-speaking individuals.

Why UC Law

Medosch choose UC because of its large public interest base that promotes community involvement.

“I loved seeing that they were constantly giving back and constantly interacting with others,” she says.

Despite the troubles presented by COVID-19, she still has had a great learning experience at UC.  

“They’ve been really good about making sure we still network and meet with attorneys and judges. I’m really surprised and happy with how great of a job they’re doing,” she says.

 

Featured image at top: from Burst.