The Pupillage Advisory Service at City Law School have already got lots of great events lined up for those of you aiming for the Bar. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on the Lawbore City Hub, but here's a line-up of those coming up in October:
The Path to Pupillage
A talk on the best way to approach applying for Pupillage, followed by a Question & Answer session with Georgina Wolfe from 5 Essex Court and Alexander Robson from Littleton Chambers.
Date: 2nd October 2014
Location: Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
Breakfast with Henderson Chambers
Breakfast networking event with presentation and Q&A (+ tea, coffee, pastries etc!).
Date: 9th October 2014
City University Law Fair
Those present on the day include: 1 Stone Buildings, Blackstone Chambers, Chambers Student, Civil Service Fast Stream, GLS, Landmark Chambers, Monckton Chambers, Police Now, South Square Chambers and The Bar Council
Date: 15th October 2014
Location: Great Hall, City University London, Northampton Square
Young Bar Conference
All students welcome – this is an external event. Recommended. The Bar Council Says;‘The Conference is the focal point of the young Bar calendar. The day will include vulnerable witness training, criminal and civil ethics and advice on conducting ADR and mediation.
Date: 18th October 2014
Location: The Russell Hotel
Book online - £54 if you pay before the 19th September.
Have your CV looked over by the Careers team at City. Drop in...no need to book. There's coffee & sandwiches too.
Date: 21st October 2014
Location: Student Common Room, Atkin Building
Being in the business of being a successful Barrister
Learn how to develop your practice and gain commercial awareness. Silvia Van den Bruel is the Marketing and Business Development Manager at 11 Stone Buildings and she'll be running through the questions that come up in interview.
Date: 29th October 2014
Location: 24 Princeton Street
The Human Rights Lawyers' Association's (HRLA) Student Committee is looking to publish its first human rights law journal in early 2015 - if you are looking for a place to share your writing then you have until 31st December to submit.
Send your pieces on human rights law to firstname.lastname@example.org - this can be case comments, reports on human rights internships or pro bono work, and comments on human rights related publications or events.
Maximum length for articles is 1500 words, 1000 for case comments and reviews.
Students can attend the inaugural conference of the Queen Mary Institute for Regulation and Ethics on 11th September for £70.
Conference: The future of ethics in international arbitration: the arguments for and against further regulation of arbitration counsel.
Date: 11th September 2014
Time: 8.30 – 18.15
Venue: The Royal College of Surgeons of England,
35–43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE
This conference will consider the need for additional prescriptions of ethical rules and codes of conduct for advocates conducting international arbitration. Scholars and arbitration experts will go beyond the current state of affairs to consider the arguments in the wider context of global regulatory developments. This conference will be of interest to everyone interested in the legitimacy and success of international arbitration and the impact of ethical regulation.
The Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research at Birmingham Law School (CEPLER) has launched its inaugural, national law student essay writing competition. To be in with a chance of receiving an iPad mini and the opportunity to have your essay published on the CEPLER website as a CEPLER Working Paper just address the following title in less than 1500 words:
“In an age of austerity, access to justice is a luxury.”
More info and the competition rules can be found via the CEPLER website. However it is open to all students studying English law for the first time. Deadline = 3pm on 15th September 2014.
During my GDL, I was lucky enough to be invited to 'Cooperation 66 North', a conference in Tromso, Norway (at the world's northernmost university). While some people on the course would say I'm mad for taking a week out during study leave – the jury is still out on that – I met a lot of very interesting people, and learned a lot about the legal, political and security challenges facing the Arctic region. City University was generous enough to pay for the conference package, while I funded my flights and accommodation. The fact that Tromso is a beautiful city certainly helped take my mind off of exams!
The conference focused on multi-national cooperation in the Arctic region – mainly between the USA, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Finland, Sweden and Iceland. These countries are in the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum for Arctic discussion located in Tromso.
I attended with an eye to learning more about the legal regional challenges. The conference focused heavily on the Northern Sea Route (NSR), a lucrative shipping route crossing the top of Russia from the Bering Strait, which is becoming steadily more accessible every year due to climate change. Some of the legal issues included coordination of intergovernmental agencies to pool information (e.g. seismic monitoring, ice coverage, weather, fishing stocks), setting up funding for icebreakers and Search & Rescue (SAR), as well as trying to organise a single legal framework to govern shipping and trade in the region.
The UK Bar
I was called to the Bar in England in 2005 and joined 14 Gray’s Inn Square, London, immediately after I passed the Bar. Working as a barrister, I became increasingly interested in international work. I speak fluent Bengali, Hindi and Urdu so I would often attract a wide range of clients from different backgrounds; this meant that I was able to conduct client conferences in different languages and reach out to a wide range of people.
I joined Kenworthy’s Chambers once I returned to my home town of Manchester. Kenworthy’s Chambers were pragmatic and able to see that, with the current situation at the UK Bar, International work was becoming increasingly attractive and they therefore always encouraged my interest in it.
In 2009, I received an offer from a law firm in Los Angeles, California, called Howarth and Smith. The offer stated that the partners at the firm felt that I had ‘a very impressive record, both academically and as a practicing barrister’ and that they were offering me a position at the firm. The majority of the partners at the firm were Harvard graduates with extremely impressive backgrounds. The letter described how the firm would allow me to stay in a beach house in Malibu, rent-free, with a balcony overlooking the beach and a key to a private beach exclusively for residents in that area. I eagerly accepted the offer.
During that year in America, I met my husband Dr Elias Hanosh and we later decided to move to Colorado. The sunshine, mountains and beautiful weather of Colorado was increasingly appealing. We bought a beautiful house on 13 acres of land in the mountains. As always, I continued to look for different opportunities to expand my legal career. I decided to set up my own firm, both in the UK and the US, dealing with matters of Immigration, Asylum, Human Rights and Family Law.
Anyone looking for a post of responsibility to get their teeth into next year should consider those available at the National Student Law Society (NSLS).
Roles available include Treasurer, Secretary, Deputy Master/Mistress of the Moots, Blogger, members of the Careers Team and University Representatives.
Find out more about the roles and what they entail, as well as details of application via the NSLS website. Deadline for application is 15th September.
Those of you looking for ways of demonstrating your grasp of the law and grabbing a prize to boot, would be sensible to consider entering one of the few essay writing competitions out there.
The Law Reform Committee Essay Comeptition is one of these. This well-established competition asks for students to write essays 'identifying a desirable, practical and useful law reform'. This means you can really let your imagination run wild (in 3000 words or less!).
Don't forget to check out the rules of the competition, and to note the closing date for entries - 7th October 2014.
Prizes are generous - £4000 for the winner would go a long way towards paying off some of those fees. Runner-up gets £2500 and there are extra prizes for the Best GDL entry.
Any questions about the competition - ask Wendy McLaughlin. This award is sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust.
If you've been taught law by someone inspirational and talented, why not nominate them for the Law Teacher of the Year competition run by Oxford University Press?
You have until 30th September to get the recommendation in - the form is pretty straightforward with just 4 areas to write a few hundred words on in support of your nomination. The teacher named Law Teacher of the Year will take home £3000 prize money.