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Law students: Win a work experience placement and up to £5,000

Future Legal Mind award offers law students a head start in their studies and future careers and a chance to win £5,000.

If you’re currently studying law at University of Cumbria then it’s worth looking into the Future Legal Mind award scheme, which is open for entries until January 18th.

The award asks current law students to submit an essay on the subject: Is the commoditisation of legal services inevitable and is a commercial approach more likely to compromise or enhance the quality of advice and service to consumers?

The Future Legal Mind award is open to university students in the UK who are currently pursuing an undergraduate law degree or law conversion course.

First prize is £5,000 towards your studies, along with a two week work placement at national law firm Simpson Millar. Nine shortlisted entries will receive £250 each.

2015 Future Legal Mind winner Amy Loughery, an undergraduate student at the University of York, said: “I’ve managed to acquire two part-time jobs through winning Future Legal Mind.

“It’s opened loads of doors for me and I’ve put the £5,000 aside to help fund my post-graduate study. It’s given me security.”

To get started, register your interest on the simple form here:

https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind

Good luck!

 

Below is the picture of last years winners!

Future Legal Mind awards lunch,  London, Lincolns Inn,  30/03/2015 Picture by Terry Harris.

Future Legal Mind awards lunch,
London, Lincolns Inn,
30/03/2015
Picture by Terry Harris.

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Study law for a versatile degree

A blog article by New York University global professor Professor Gary Slapper

What have Barack Obama, Derren Brown, Gandhi, Jerry Springer, John Cleese, Gerard Butler, Nelson Mandela, Henri Matisse, Margaret Thatcher, Franz Kafka, Sandy Toksvig, and Gaby Logan got in common? Not much – other than that they all studied law.

A law degree is the most versatile of qualifications. It can prepare you for a career in law, and so much more. There is really just one career for a graduate of dental surgery but for law graduates there are multifarious paths to success.

A good legal mind can benefit the world in a rainbow variety of ways. Many law graduates proceed to become solicitors or barristers but, equally, many others use the qualification to become successful in commercial life, the media, the civil service, corporations, local government, teaching, campaign organisations, and politics – over 80 MPs, for example, have law degrees.

Law is something that affects everyone, all the time. The law is everyone’s law. Law permeates into every cell of social life. It governs everything from the embryo to exhumation. It governs the air we breathe, the food and drink that we consume, our travel, sexuality, family relationships, our property, technology, sport, science, employment, business, education, health, everything from neighbour disputes to war

As law touches all parts of life, who gets to be the lawyers and judges in our society is important. The American comedian, Jerry Seinfeld said that a lawyer is basically the person who knows the rules of the country. He said we are all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there is a problem, the lawyer is the only person who has read the instructions.

Law governs every facet of human life so there is something in the discipline for everyone, including the law related to science, technology, sport, entertainment, business, politics, finance, insurance, criminal justice, banking, accidents, families, employment, property, cars, medicine, and international affairs.

Law graduates show prowess in many of the abilities employers now rank as critically important. A university legal education equips students with a formidable library of knowledge and a magnificent portfolio of skills. Law degrees certify that their holders have a high command of literature, unusual communication skill, rigorous powers of analysis, numeracy, IT proficiency, argumentative and evaluative prowess, advanced problem-solving capability, the ability to research thoroughly and accurately, and presentational expertise.

Not everyone who opts to study law does so for the same reason, or with high ideals. In an episode of The Simpsons, there is a moment when the juvenile delinquent Jimbo Jones has a go at helping a group of local people who are trying to cut down crime in their community. But things go badly wrong for him. He turns around to another group member and says:

“Hey man, You’ve really let me down. Now, I don’t believe in anything anymore. I’m joining Law School”

However, joining law school is, for most students, an entrance through the portals of inspiring intellectual power into a world vibrant with the science of reasoning, and the art of persuasion.

If you play Monopoly, chess, or football, it is a great advantage to know the rules well. The law is the rulebook applicable to the entire canvas of life. It is a rulebook rich in history, intrigue, thrills, cunning, comedy, and tragedy. Those who are expert in its contents are indispensable. As a matter of social health, there should be law graduates everywhere to guard against the danger once observed by the author John le Carré: “it’s always wonderful what a lawyer can achieve when nobody knows the law”.

 

Professor Gary Slapper is Global Professor at New York University, Director of NYU London, and a door tenant at 36 Bedford Row. The third edition of his book How the Law Works is published by Routledge. He is on Twitter @garyslapper.

Original post can be found here: http://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/about-us/news/press/gary-slapper-legal-blog-degree-versatility/

Calling all Law students! Future Legal Mind Award!

future-legal-mind

National Accident Helpline has teamed up with Lawyer 2B magazine to offer the UK’s brightest legal talent the chance to become the Future Legal Mind of 2015.

We know how tough it is to get on the law career ladder, and that’s why we’ve created the Future Legal Mind award. We want to give outstanding students the best possible chance to start their dream career in law. We’re looking for two great legal minds, one undergraduate and one post-graduate.

What you can win:
* £5,000 to put towards your studies in 2015
* A one-week work experience placement at either the Manchester or London office of nationwide solicitor firm Colemans-CTTS
* Your winning entry published on the website of Lawyer 2B, the leading magazine aimed at aspiring lawyers, solicitors or barristers

This is an exceptional chance to demonstrate your budding legal expertise, get a fantastic accolade to showcase on your CV, and secure a work placement at a leading law firm, as well as seeing your work published by Lawyer 2B.

The competition is open to all UK-resident university students currently pursuing a legal qualification at either undergraduate or post-graduate level.

For more information about this fantastic opportunity please visit the website at http://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind

Best (or Should that be Worst?…) Lawyer Jokes

The Legal profession stands out as one which generates a lot of jokes at its own expense.  But since the financial crisis of 2008, it has also stood out as one which has become increasingly tricky to enter.  Potential lawyers face the multiple hazards of shrinking numbers of job opportunities, lengthy and expensive postgraduate training periods, unpaid internships, under-employment, gender discrimination* and the like.

My guess is that those prospective lawyers need a bit of cheering up, so what better excuse for providing a selection of favourite lawyer jokes, having separated the wheat from much chaff and cut down on the ‘shaggy dog’ elements:

Q:  What is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister?
A:   One’s like a crocodile and the other’s like an alligator.

Q:  What’s the difference between a dead fox on the road and a dead lawyer
A:  There’s skidmarks next to the fox.

Q:  Why won’t a shark eat a lawyer?
A:  Professional respect.

Graveyard tombstone: Here lies a lawyer and an honest man.
Passer-by: It doesn’t look big enough for two people

Client waiting to appear in court:  How long do you think this business is going to last?
Lawyer:  For me about two hours, for you about five years.

Lawyer:  If you want my honest opinion…
Client:  I don’t want your honest opinion, I want your professional advice.

Q:  Which side should a tired lawyer lie on?
A:  The one with the most money.

Lawyer:  Have you told me the whole truth about this incident?
Client:  Of course!  You can add the lies in later.

Q. How can you tell a lawyer is lying?
A. Other lawyers look interested.

Q:  Do you have a criminal lawyer in this town?
A:  Yes, all of them are.

“I hereby give, grant and convey to you all and singular my interest, right, title and claim of and in this orange, together with all its rind, skin, juice, pulp and pips, and all right and advantage therein with full power to bite, suck or otherwise eat or consume the said orange, or give away the said orange, with or without its rind, skin, juice, pulp or pips subject to any agreement subsequently introduced or drawn up to this agreement.” (Lawyer offering an orange to a colleague)

God: I’m going to sue you for trespassing in heaven.
Devil:  And where do you expect to get a lawyer from?

Lawyer (awaking from major surgery):  Why are the curtains drawn?
Nurse: Well there’s a fire across the road and we didn’t want you to think you had died.

Hospital Visitor (to very ill lawyer):  Why are you reading the bible?
Lawyer: I’m looking for loopholes.

Lawyer’s wife:  This room needs new wallpaper.
Lawyer:  Don’t worry, dear, I’m doing a divorce case at the moment.  Once I’ve broken up their home, we can redecorate ours.

Butcher:  Your dog came into my shop this morning and stole a turkey.
Lawyer:  How much was the turkey worth?
Butcher:  About £10.
Lawyer: Well, my fee for legal advice is £50, so just send me a cheque for £40 and we’ll call it quits.

Irish Barrister:  The offence was committed at half past twelve at night on the morning of the following day.

Icelandic Barrister:  Where were you on the night of December 3rd to March 2nd?

Q: How many lawyer jokes are there?
A: Only three, the rest are all true.

Unless, of course, you know better.  Please feel free to add a comment below with your favourite lawyer joke.

*see end of previous post on The Futuretrack Survey

FAQ: Is there a certain way to write a CV depending on what job you are applying for?

This is going to be a ‘yes and no’ type of answer!

Broadly speaking, third year students and graduates can feel fairly safe if they adopt the traditional, two-page, reverse chronological, approach covering the key headings of Education, Employment, Interests and Achievements and References (one academic reference and one from the world of work) or the skills-based approach where you have a strong section on your employment-related skills instead of much detail on your past jobs.  If you don’t understand the difference between these two approaches, you might like to do some initial research using the resources like those mentioned at the end of this post.

However, there are some mainly slight differences that do occur according to your career interest.

For example, Law CVs tend to be highly traditional.  The skills-based approach is not favoured and neither are off-the-wall presentational features. Unlike other areas, all exam results including GCSEs should be stated, including all degree modules and results.

On the other hand, imaginative approaches that break the ‘normal’ CV mould can work in some employment sectors although it should be remembered that they are always a ‘high risk strategy’ that can succeed spectacularly or fail totally.  For careers in the creative sector it is probably best to stay with a fairly standard approach, but ensure the CV conveys a sense of good visual presentation, and include a link to your online portfolio.

For those whose degrees are recognised professional qualifications (e.g. teachers, health professionals), some useful pointers are:

  • Quote your professional registration or PIN number in your personal details (or say that it’s awaited) to demonstrate your eligibility
  • Offer some comments about parts of your course you found interesting or significant
  • You must include details of your course placements including what you did or learned on them

Probably the only area where the approach to the CV is completely different is the wonderful world of Acting and Performance, where it is usual (unlike UK CVs in general) to include a photograph of yourself but to omit your school qualifications altogether. Details such as your physical appearance, the ages and accents you can portray would however be included.

This is the latest in our occasional series of Careers FAQs.  For more information about CV writing, see the links we have provided at http://delicious.com/skillzone/cv  or one of the numerous books on the subject in the University and public libraries. University of Cumbria students can also find more information on the Jobs&Careers tab on the Blackboard Virtual learning Environment.

Forthcoming Careers Fairs in Manchester

This is our annual message to let you know the dates of autumn careers fairs for students and graduates, organised by the University of Manchester.

This year’s dates are as follows:

  • ETHNIC DIVERSITY FAIR 2012 (Whitworth Hall, Manchester) 10 October
  • ENGINEERING, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 17 October
  • FINANCE, BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 18 October
  • LAW FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 20 November
  • POSTGRADUATE STUDY FAIR 2012 (Manchester Central, G-MEX) 21 November

 The next Graduate Recruitment Fair will take place in June 2013.

For more information, visit www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/fairs

Manchester Careers Fairs 2012

Manchester University have announced the details of their careers fairs for the coming year:

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 June 2012

Graduate Recruitment Fair for graduate jobs and courses commencing 2012 (different exhibitors each day) – see www.manchester.ac.uk/graduatefair

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Engineering, Science & Technology Fair (graduate jobs and student placements)

Thursday 18 October 2012

Finance, Business & Management Fair (graduate jobs and student placements)

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Law Fair (law firms offering training contracts and placements, course providers offering training courses, professional bodies such as the Bar offering advice)

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Postgraduate Study Fair (universities and training organisations promoting their postgraduate study places for 2013 – NOT a jobs fair for postgraduates)

Full details will soon be available at www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/fairs