Sophia Brelvi

Legal Compliance Coordinator for Morehouse College

2015 | Atlanta, GA

“Having experience interviewing clients, drafting legal memoranda, and managing my own cases is something that sets me apart.”

Sophia Brelvi chose MSU College of Law’s Immigration clinic for the practical experiences and application of concepts she learned in law school. “It was an effective opportunity not only to supplement my legal education, but also to build on my core skillset which can be implemented in various fields of work,” she said.

Her responsibilities at the clinic included client intake interviews, filling out and filing forms, appearing in court proceedings, and drafting memos. “The immigration clinic functions like a small firm,” she said. “The faculty members were there to supervise, but not to the extent of micromanaging. The clinicians were given enough independence to work on our cases, but had the faculty as support if needed.”

One of Sophia’s most rewarding experiences at the clinic occurred when she helped a client whose case was held up for about a year and a half. “Being able to work through the case and see it close bestowed a great sense of accomplishment on me,” she said.

Overall, Sophia said her experiences at the clinic allowed her to hone legal skills necessary in any future career she might end up in. “Having experience interviewing clients, drafting legal memoranda, and managing my own cases is something that sets me apart from other candidates,” Sophia said.