The biggest challenges were juggling her responsibilities with studying, and not having a legal background: “I felt it was sometimes quite hard to analyse some of the records as I did not want to make any mistakes as it was actual people’s lives on the line.” She cites her lecturers’ support with helping her to succeed.
Another case that stood out for Alisha was that of a woman on Death Row in America. “I have been working on this case alongside two of my teammates. It has recently been in the news, but through all the research, investigation and analysis we have done I have seen a completely different side to the case, that has not been portrayed in the media and online. It is just shocking to see how cases portrayed in the media can be so different to how they actually are.
“The most rewarding thing about working at the Unit definitely has to be the happiness gained from helping out the individuals facing the death penalty and knowing that I have aided in helping their cases,” she said.
Alisha believes the experience of working within the Unit has provided her with valuable skills which will help her get a job, including communication skills, teamwork, dealing with and analysing client records, and managing workloads.
Now she has completed her studies, Alisha is planning to do some voluntary work with young people in Hackney, London. But she is also busy applying for various graduate schemes and hopes to work with a human rights organisation or law firm.