Christmas is finally here! This means it’s time to relax and eat a few mince pies…as you’re frantically typing away doing essay number 2 of 4.
After a successful Autumn Term, Warwick Bar Society would like to thank Warwick Law Society, all our members, barristers, clerks, and of course our sponsors who have made such a triumphant term possible.
We are well aware that students are extremely busy over the Christmas break trying to complete the copious amount of work that has been set.
However if you do take some breaks from essay writing, there are several things you can do to help you on your path to the Bar:
- Get writing another essay! However instead of slogging away over essays for your modules, you can earn a prize! St Philips Chambers are kindly sponsoring our annual essay competition. They are offering a mini-pupillage for the best entry with a £50 runner up prize, kindly provided by the University of Law. The title is ‘Has the time come for the Supreme Court to have a power to overturn primary legislation (other than in EU cases)? Discuss with reference to the Supreme Court’s case law since its inception.’ The word limit is 3,500 and the deadline is 5pm on the 9th of February. Referencing style is up to the writer but it is to be reminded that you should be consistent in your approach. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck!
- Now is a good time to apply for mini-pupillages, either for the Easter holidays (though remember you’ll have essays and revision to do) or for summer. Remember to check out our London mini-pupillage spreadsheet for loads of info on the chambers offering minis: https://warwickbarsociety.com/mini-pupillages/.
- Keep up to date with legal current affairs. Aspiring solicitors aren’t the only ones who need commercial awareness, so make sure you keep up to date with the latest legal developments. A great place to start is the Inner Temple ‘Current Awareness’ feature (a daily list of legal news), which can be found on their Twitter or their Facebook page. You may also want to check out LawCareers.Net’s synopsis of 2014’s most important legal developments, which can be found here. Also for those of you heading into commercial law, you can find the most important developments here.
- Write for the BarSocBlog (open to non-members too)! If you aren’t too keen on the idea of writing for a magazine or student-run academic journal, the BarSocBlog provides an informal means for you to write about legal issues, whether on academic points of law, current affairs, or the Bar itself. Send in your article (there is no minimum or maximum length) to email@example.com and we’ll consider posting it on the blog. Don’t forget the BarSoc Blog is open to both law and non-law students, so get writing!
- Get involved with mooting on behalf of the Bar Society. Next term we are hosting a speed moot. If you want to brush up on your advocacy skills but don’t have much time to do the preparation for a normal moot, you should enter yourself into our speed moot competition. Participants will be provided with all the relevant materials for the day and all you need to do is be present. Speed mooting is very much like receiving a brief at the last minute and rushing to the local court to present. So if you fancy a go at presenting under pressure and seeing how good your skills are then you should watch out for our competition.
Finally, here is our Christmas Newsletter giving details of our successes in the past term. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and all the best for the new year!
Yasmin Hughes Pugh