Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Summer time – waiting for results

So now the first year of my law degree is finished, I have a sense of accomplishment combined with a little fear. The results of all my exams will only be out at the end of July, so a bit of a long nerve racking  wait. I thought today would be the best time reflect on the past year, and look ahead to what the future holds. This has been one of the most interesting years so far, I have argued in a moot competition, learnt things I had never even thought of before, made new friends and kept old ones. It has been such a rich and interesting year. There has been a fair share of working into the night on various assignments or cramming for exams, but if I had to, I would do it all over again. I cannot recommend Birkbeck Law more highly, their support system, their administration, their lecturers, they have been remarkable.

There is an interesting array of activities being run by the University over the summer. I will hopefully get the privilege to attend some of those and give you some feedback on how they go. Otherwise, I just want to wish you all a happy, sunny, summer! For those going into winter…my thoughts are with you… ;-)

As an aside, there is a brilliant blog done by one of my fellow students, with some really practical tips on what is involved with studying at Birkbeck, and can be found here. 

Till next time…

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

LPC without a TC

This blog is particularly aimed at my law student contemporaries to help with their decisions about their future careers.

Recently there has been some debate on whether students should go on to get their Legal Practice Course (LPC) without a Training Contract (TC) in place. It is a huge financial risk to take, that is, doing the LPC without first securing a TC. There are increasingly limited number of TC's with a growing numbers of applicants. Some students do take the gamble, and go ahead and do the LPC without a TC in place, and succeed in getting jobs.

Saying this, although it is a gamble I wouldn’t recommend anyone takes, there is always pressure to take the LPC as the Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and the  Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) last 7 years, therefore you lose out on all the hard work in gaining those qualifications in order to do the LPC, whereas the LPC never expires. You only have to pass the LPC in the seven years after your LLB/GDL, not actually start to train or qualify. So as long as you have the academic course and LPC under your belt, the timer has stopped.

With this in mind, it is easy to see why students are keen to get the LPC under their belt, with or without a TC. But what happens to all the students who have spent a fortune educating themselves at their own expense, particularly with the looming hike in fees? All of this is wasted. It is a great worry, not only to me but to all my fellow law students as well. There are some hard questions ahead of us, some of which I hope to share answers with you as I come upon them.

To all those with exams in the next few weeks, good luck!

Till next time…

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Political stuff - where is the world headed?

I haven't blogged in a little while, mostly due to assignment stress. Having to get those two rather large assignments out the way didn't leave me with much time to do much of anything! Those have now been handed in, thank heavens, now just looking ahead to my exams in the coming weeks. So I thought in between handing in the assignments and getting ready to knuckle down to some serious cramming, I would do a quick blog. And my goodness, there is so much to talk about since I last blogged I don't even really know where to start! So I shall stand on my little soap box and begin.

I'm not much of a politics orientated individual, I see it, I hear about it, but just generally don't get involved. But recent events cannot go without a mention. So instead of rambling on for ages about EVERYTHING that has happened in the last couple of weeks. I have instead picked three subjects that I think would be most topical! No prizes for guessing which three!!

The first one is of course the death, or rather, execution of Osama bin Laden. I only have a couple of opinions on this, and I will most likely get a LOT of comments for my opinions, but none the less, I shall express them. Why, for example, if in actual fact they have killed him (as opposed to him dying of natural causes) are there no pictures or evidence? The media have stated that they are not going to publish pictures as they are worried it will insight hate crimes. Fair point, but then why do ‘they’(the proverbial they) publish pictures of all the other individuals executed? Surely if the point not to publish pictures was in order to keep the peace, then really they should not have published any of them? My next observation is the footage of all the rejoicing at the news of his death. Surely everyone is entitled to a fair trial? I’m not a fan of terrorism, in fact the opposite, I think it should be punished to the full extent. But only after a fair trial where he is found guilty, and upon that, given the death penalty. Disturbing times.

The second…you guessed it, the Royal Wedding! This was such a happy occasion, and something to truly rejoice over. My only opinion on this is, whoever organised that wedding should be running the country! It ran like clockwork….except for the random escaping horse! 

Finally, Nadine Dorries MP What was she thinking?? For my more international readers, Nadine Dorries is and MP that has proposed a Bill to teach young girls abstinence. Let me be clear on this point, I have nothing against abstinence, but since when is abstinence a female responsibility!? Nadine Dorries abstinence gambit is sexist, stupid and wrong!

On that very definite note, I am still smiling, just wondering what the world is coming to….

Till next time…