Five students had the chance to
sample the legal field this summer at the Mourant Ozannes Cayman office.
The five interns were Shelley do
Vale of the Cayman Islands Law School; future student of the CI Law School
Aaron DaCosta; and high school graduates Alicia Thompson, Rashana Singh and
Rushell Reid. Each of the interns spent several weeks at Mourant Ozannes
offices between June and August.
The students gained experience in
the firm’s core legal practice areas of funds, finance and commercial
litigation. They also spent time with the corporate services, compliance and
accounts departments, giving them comprehensive insight into the operation of a
Cayman law firm.
“My internship at Mourant Ozannes
was a wonderful opportunity to put my theoretical knowledge from law school
into practical experience,” said Shelley, who is entering her third year at the
Cayman Islands Law School.
“The lawyers were very generous in
giving their time and knowledge while showing me all aspects of mutual fund
registration, private equity, trusts, partnerships, banking, litigation and
allowing me to join them in court. It has reaffirmed my commitment to complete
my legal training, and I look forward to the next stage of my legal career.”
While Shelley continues her
education at the CI Law School, Aaron plans to complete his A-Level studies at
Cayman Prep & High School this year prior to a 2011 CI Law School start.
Both Alicia and Rashana will enter their A-Level studies at Cayman Prep &
High School this year, while Rushell starts studies for her bachelor’s degree
at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
“Through this programme and other
initiatives, Mourant Ozannes is committed to the development and progression of
Caymanians who have the aptitude and determination to achieve in the field of
law,” said partner and head of the Cayman office, Neal Lomax.
“We hope that we have provided
these interns with a useful introduction to our legal and corporate administration
business. Our intern programme helps us to identify promising individuals who
may be offered the opportunity to progress to our scholarship and articled
clerk training programmes.”