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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.


NSLS posts up for grabs

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.

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Ideas on reform of the law? Get writing…


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.


Nominate your Law Teacher of the Year

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.

Check out the OUP website for details of nomination and also to see videos of the finalists from last year's competition, which was won by Luke Mason of Surrey University.


Developing into Ultimate Lawyers Career Conference – don’t miss!

Ultimate Law Guide author (and One of The City Law School's alumni) Craig Robinson, has put together a one day Career Conference for young lawyers, featuring speakers from a range of firms and a keynote from Professor Richard Susskind.

Developing into Ultimate Lawyers includes tracks for trainee lawyers and students; you can find sessions on the following:

Developing into an Ultimate Lawyer
Commercial Awareness
Life as an In House Ultimate Lawyer
Make your mark on Legal Practice
Training Contract Success
Global Career Opportunities

Book now for £25 per ticket, which includes a year's membership of The Ultimate Law Guide.

Craig was interviewed for Lawbore back in 2010.


Training Contract Deadlines according to location


The guys at All About Law have categorised TC's according to location and type to make things easier for you.

American Law Firms
City Law Firms

Law Firms Outside of London
Scottish Law Firms
International Firms


Shipping Law Summer School 7-11 July 2014



What do you need to know?

- Five day summer school
- Learn lots about the shipping business and the law that helps it tick
- Takes place in sunny Barcelona
- Course fee is half price if you are a City student or graduate (so you pay €600 for the fee plus your travel costs, accommodation costs…and the odd tapa, cerveza etc)
- Great taster for anyone thinking of working in shipping or of going on to study for an LLM in Maritime Law
- Ideal networking opportunity

Need to know more?

Ask the course director Anthony Rogers and take a look at the website

There are still three places available for city students/alumni at the preferential rate!


Third Annual Postgraduate Research Forum at The City Law School – Petya Ilieva, PhD Candidate

Our author, Petya

Our author, Petya

On 16th May 2013 The City Law School hosted the Third Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. Prof Jason Chuah, Head of School, and Dr Mauro Barelli, Senior Tutor for Research, welcomed the research students and members of the staff. The Postgraduate Research Forum once again provided an opportunity for the City Law School PhD students to present their work-in-progress in a friendly and welcoming environment and receive constructive feedback. This year there were several second-year doctoral students who presented their researches for the first time. The Annual Postgraduate Research Forum is indeed constantly expanding and growing in popularity due to the new intake of research students and the thriving research community at The City Law School.

The first panel chaired by Dr Henrique Carvalho included three presentations. Anna Labedzka took the floor and opened the discussions with a presentation on the new generation of association agreements, taking account of the EU policy of engagement with its neighbourhood. Neshat Safari who talked about derivative claims and funding problems associated with them presented the second paper for the morning session. The final presentation was given by Keith Amery, who provided an account of the self-regulation in the UK-based antiquities trade post ‘Arab Spring’.

After some interesting comments from the audience, the discussions were closed with final remarks from the chairman Dr Carvalho and the second panel took the floor. Dr Abayomi Al-Ameen, the chair of the second panel, was faced with the challenging task to moderate the discussions arising out of the presentations of the three third-year PhD students presenting papers in the area of maritime law. The first one to present in the second session was Carlo Corcione who set the theoretical framework on third parties protection in carriage of goods by sea. After his presentation, Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa addressed the interrelations between shipping and finance. The final paper on shipper liability for cargo and, in particular, its mental element was presented by Faizah Nazri Abd Rahman.

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