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Pro Bono at City: The Schools Exclusion Project (City Law School / Matrix Chambers) – Emma Park

Emma Park, Schools Exclusion Volunteer

Emma Park, Schools Exclusion Volunteer

Excluding children from school can have serious and unpredictable effects on their subsequent development. If the child or his or her parents feel that the exclusion was unfair, then usually their only remedy is to appeal the decision to the school’s Governing Body.

This is where the Schools Exclusion Project comes in. Volunteers from City Law School act pro bono as student representatives. We advise parents on their child’s case, assess their legal position, and represent them at their appeal.

Representatives first attend a training day run by barristers from Matrix Chambers, City’s own Dr Dan Wilsher, and the Project’s Student Directors. Training covers both the law relevant to exclusions, as found in the Education Act 2011 and a Guide issued by the Department for Education, and practical advice as how to manage a case.

One of the best things about the Project is that, as representatives, we are required to run our cases ourselves. When the application from a child’s parents is received by the Directors, they first check it to make sure it is in the area of law covered by the training. They then offer it to any representative
who is available. From this point on, it is the representative’s responsibility to liaise with the parents, to record their and their child’s account of the events surrounding the exclusion, retrieve relevant documents from the school, draft the appeal letter, and ultimately argue the child’s case at the hearing.

Each representative is allocated a barrister mentor at Matrix, with whom we can discuss the legal issues of a case. However, it is up to us to apply the law to the facts, and to decide how best to advise our clients.


City Aspiring Solicitors event: Worried about Assessment Centres? Don’t be!

Aspiring Solicitors is pleased to host a mock assessment centre! This event is being run with the assistance of the in-house legal team at Barclays and Accutrainee.

The event will include mock assessments with all students benefitting from the experience and advice of an advisor from one of the two companies.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get feedback from those in the know and not one to miss.

Anyone wanting to take part should register on the CareersHub website; for further information check out the flyer.


The event will be followed with a drinks and networking session.

When? Monday 7th April @ 6pm
Where? Northampton Suite, City University.

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Fountain Court are looking for new pupils

Fountain Court is often regarded as the premier set within the Magic Circle of commercial sets in the UK. Their clients include the UK government and numerous FTSE 100 companies. They have an outstanding record of involvement in cases making new law at the highest courts in the UK and overseas, and have been involved in almost all of the most important commercial trials in the last few decades.

Now is your chance to join the set whose past members include Attorney Generals, Masters of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justices and Lord Chancellors. Fountain Court are looking for new pupils.

Being the best means excelling in all aspects of chambers' business, including equality. Consequently, Fountain Court want the best pupils, chosen on merit, from the widest pool of talent, and are working with Rare to encourage applications from ethnic minorities. Rare places exceptional people from diverse backgrounds into positions in some of the world's top organisations. By applying through Rare applicants will be given one-on-one support at every stage of the application process, from writing their application through to preparing for interviews.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Undergraduates must be in their final year of a law degree and on track to achieve a 1st class
- Graduates must have achieved a 1st class
- Graduates must have completed a law degree or be undertaking/have completed their GDL

You can find out more about Rare on their website.

How to apply? Send your updated CV along with your modular breakdown to leonie.campbell-king@rarerecruitment.co.uk by 10th April.


Pupillage Interview Preparation Day

On 2nd and 3rd of June you'll get the chance to draw on the full support of the Pupillage Advisory Service in order to prepare for those tough pupillage interviews.

On the 2nd, it will be running from 9am until 9pm and between 6pm and 9pm the following evening.

Make sure you call to book your place on 0207 404 5787!

Remember there are other interview-related events both this month and next:

24th March 6.15pm (Lecture theatre) - Mastering pupillage interview questions is not enough
30th April 6pm /repeated on 1st May 10.30am (Lecture theatre) - Being successful in pupillage interviews
7th May 6pm - How to stand out in your interviews (Student common room)
(All these events will take place in the Atkin Building).


Dean of The City Law School honoured by the Academy of Social Sciences


Professor Carl Stychin, Dean of The City Law School, has been conferred with the prestigious award of Academician by The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS). Professor Stychin was selected for his pioneering work in the socio-legal study of gender, sexuality and law. He is recognised as one of the small number of founders of the field of queer legal theory.

Twenty-eight leading social scientists were selected for the honour this year.

The recipients have a wide range of expertise in the social sciences, including education, geography, social work, gerontology, law, sociology, economics and psychology.

The Academy of Social Sciences has over 900 individual Academicians, who are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. A spokesperson for the Academy commented:

"All the Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors - they are given this status after a peer group has reviewed the standing and impact of their work."

Want to find out more? Read the full story on the City website.

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Viva success at The City Law School

On 19th March Chiara Berneri successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled 'The Movement and Residence Rights of Third Country National Family Members of EU Citizens: A Historical and Jurisprudential Approach'. The external examiner was Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary (University of London) and Radboud University Nijmegen, while the internal examiner was Nicholas Hatzis.

Chiara skilfully defended her thesis and passed with no corrections. Her PhD supervisors were Dr Dan Wilsher and Prof Steve Peers (University of Essex). Well done Chiara!

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City Scholars Moot Final – Carmen Draghici

Grace, Nicholas, Judge Cryan, X and Ali

Grace, Nicholas, Judge Cryan, Sabrina and Ali

After three intense preliminary rounds, the finals of the City Scholars Mooting Competition were held on March 12, 2014 at the Supreme Court and adjudicated by His Honour Judge Donald Cryan (Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court, High Court Family Division, Reader Elect of the Inner Temple).

An enthusiastic audience of City Law School students attended the event and supported the four finalists:

Grace Allen (GELLB1) (Senior Appellant)
Ali Hafeez (LLB1) (Senior Respondent)
Nicholas Murphy (GELLB2) (Junior Appellant)
Sabrina Samis (GELLB1) (Junior Respondent)

After the presentation of oral arguments by the appellant and respondent teams, Judge Cryan elucidated the intricate legal issues in contention under the law of contracts and spoke about the art of advocacy.
He commended all mooters on the quality of their performance, including apt submissions in respect of a complex case and a very good reaction to the judge’s demanding questioning.


Workshop: Revision Skills for Law students

Starting to panic about the upcoming revision period? Worried about how to plan your time and defeat the nerves kicking in?

Come along and discuss revision skills and memory techniques for your law exams - Sally Thorpe will guiding this session tailored for law students.

When? Monday 24th March
Time? 10-11am
Room? C140

No need to book - just turn up!


Law Reform Essay Competition

Credit: Feggy Art

Credit: Feggy Art

The Law Reform Committee of the General Council of the Bar has launched their annual Essay Competition - designed to encourage and foster an interest in law reform.

The Competition is open to pupil barristers, BPTC students, GDL students and those students on a qualifying law degree who are aiming for a career at the Bar.

Essays should identify and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful within the 3000 word limit.

The Competition is sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust and the prizes are

• £4,000 for the winner
• £2,500 for the runner up
• £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL student entry
• £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry
• 2 x £500 highly commended awards

Closing date for the competition is 17:00 on 7 October 2014. The prizes will be presented immediately after the Annual Law Reform Lecture, which this year will be on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 17:30 in Inner Temple Hall.

Check out the Law Reform Committee website for further details of the competition including the rules - note in particular Rule 3 around plagiarism.

Anyone needing inspiration can see past essay winners online.


Fancy being the 2014-2015 LexisNexis Student Associate at the City Law School?


LexisNexis Student Associate recruitment 2014

An opportunity has arisen to increase your legal research skills and work for a major legal publisher. LexisNexis is looking for an enthusiastic first or second year or research student to act as a representative on campus for LexisNexis Online Services.

The successful candidate will be able to offer 5 hours a week contact time to advise and help other students in their use of these essential research services. He or she will be very approachable and keen to learn how to use the services in depth.

Full training will be given and on-going regular support will be provided. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. The contract will be for 9 months starting on 1st September 2014.

Salary is £8 per hour/£40 a week plus expenses.

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