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Breakfast with…

Come along to our networking breakfast events where you'll listen to presentations from Chambers and then speak to their barristers informally over pastries and coffee.

Lineup as follows:

Breakfast with Henderson Chambers
All CLS students welcome - places limited - book!
9.30-11.00 am

Breakfast with 11 Stone Buildings on the 10th November
All CLS students welcome - places limited - book!
10.30 – 12.00

Breakfast with 2 Temple Gardens on the 27th November
ALL CLS students welcome - places limited - book!
10.00 – 11.30

Location: All in Room 24, Princeton Street.


Starting the LLB: Tips & Hints – Rabah Kherbane

Author Rabah

Author Rabah

Entering a law degree is definitely a big leap. Along with the excitement, pressure, and flattering nature of attaining the glorified “law student” label, comes intense responsibility.

The diverse attraction of such a degree (from those who have wanted to study law since they could walk, to those who flipped a coin on UCAS deadline day) makes providing general advice for Freshers difficult. Nevertheless, I am confident that the following information will be of great assistance to anyone starting the LLB.

Future Prospects

It is important to at least have a fair idea of the direction you wish to pursue with said law degree. Even a faint decision on whether you want to go into a legal career or not will be helpful in determining how you spend your time.

The purpose of this tip is not to further engrave the competitive nature of securing a legal profession. Rather, it is to encourage optimism through essential preparation.

Regardless of whether your final aim is to be a solicitor, barrister, or marketing manager, it is crucial for all law graduates to be involved in some kind of work experience from the get-go.

This can be the University’s Student Ambassador scheme, your high street law firm, pro-Bono work, a local Citizens Advice Bureau, or anything in between. This is due to the transferrable skills, confidence, and CV-building opportunities such will provide. Especially the confidence; that in itself is an immeasurable and priceless gain for any possibility of a career.

Starting late will only cause further pressure on graduation day. Therefore, gathering any small but important pieces of industry experience as you go through Law School is an unquestionable priority.


Straight from the horse’s mouth: get advice from our alumni (and others…!)


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.
When? 2nd October 2014 18:15-20:00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
Book it!

City Law School networking reception
- Networking event for City Law School with alumni and current students.
When? 3rd March 2015 17:30-20:00
Location: Student Common Room, Innovation Building, Northampton Square.

How to complete your Gateway/Pupillage Application Forms - Barristers from Pupillage Committees at a wide range of sets talk to students about completing their Applications for Pupillage.
When? March 18th 2015 18:00-20:00
Location: Student Common Room, Atkin Building

Pupillage Inside Out - how to succeed as a Pupil Barrister - Daniel Sokol (12 Kings Bench Walk) gives the ultimate guide to the pupillage year, providing practical advice to all aspiring barristers navigating this crucial stage in the path to practice.
When? April 15th 2015 at 18:00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
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The Ultimate Guide to Pupillage Interviews - Barristers from Pupillage Committees at a wide range of sets talk to students about how to be successful in interview. The panel has representation from 2 Temple Gardens, 11 Stone Buildings, Hardwicke, Coram, Old Square, 5 Essex Court and 4 Breams Buildings.
When? May 6th 2015 18:00-20:00
Location: Student Common Room, Atkin Building
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Pupillage Warts and all - Francesca Lewis (Old Square) gives a brutally honest and humorous account of Pupillage ‘warts and all’. Audience – those who have obtained or are applying for Pupillage
When? 11th May 2015 at 18:10pm
Location: TBC
Book it!


LPC grad? Legal Education Foundation opportunity

A really exciting opportunity for those keen to work in public interest and social justice has been announced by the Legal Education Foundation - the Justice First Fellowship.

The Fellowship offers two year training contracts in public welfare law with host organisations including Coram Children's Legal Centre, Coventry Law Centre, the Public Law Project and Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit.

Applicants must have completed the LPC by 30th September 2014 and be able to demonstrate a dedication to social welfare law. There needs to be a commitment to a two year term as a Fellow from January 2015. The application form is available online, with a deadline for completion 30th September.


Fill up that diary!

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
Time: 18.15-20.00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
Book it

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Breakfast with Henderson Chambers

Breakfast networking event with presentation and Q&A (+ tea, coffee, pastries etc!).
Date: 9th October 2014
Time: 9.30-10.30
Location: TBC
Book it

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
Time: 13.30-16.30
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
Time: PM
Location: The Russell Hotel
Book online - £54 if you pay before the 19th September.

CV Clinic
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
Time: 13:30-16.00
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
Time: 18:15-20:00
Location: 24 Princeton Street
Book it


More writing opportunities…this time in Human rights!

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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 administrator@hrla.org.uk - 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.

Look at the essay competition posts on Future Lawyer and the Student Publishing Opportunities on Learnmore.

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Interested in ethics and international arbitration?

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.

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Inaugural CEPLER student essay competition

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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.


Arctic adventures in Law – Alex Flather


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.


Building your own firm – Yasmin Chawdhery


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.

LA Law

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.