Reading, Reading, Reading

Law school is full of reading! Reading cases, reading court’s opinions, reading the professor’s body language to determine if he will call on me or not! But all this reading will pay off one day!

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  1. Lots of reading that’s for sure! I invite all your fellow bloggers to share with me their blogs so I can get to know others here.

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  2. During our first week of our law degree one of the students put up their hands and said “I don’t like reading. How much of it can I avoid?” I nearly died trying not to laugh. The lecturer was not amused.

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      1. No, sadly not. Not the last gaffe from that student, I’m afraid! (Not as funny as the time someone joked about using Wikipedia to find out about a case in a seminar. The seminar taker nearly exploded)

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      2. Indeed not! There was also the student who told me- we were doing a group presentation- that she hadn’t read the case because it was too long. It was 11 pages, I kid you not. Then I asked her what she’d thought of the Miller decision (the big Supreme Court decision about Brexit- this was in the context of constitutional/ administrative law, in which it was certainly the case of this century so far, if not more), which was I think 98 pages. Had she read that? No, of course not, was I crazy? Uh-huh. So that’s how some of my peers are so well rested, I suppose…

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      3. One would think. It is a slightly different system here: you do it as your first degree (I’m originally from Australia, where you can do a law degree and another degree at the same time, or a law degree after your first degree). Most people who don’t do it as their first degree do a one year conversion course, which I could have done (I have more than one degree, but chose to do it as an undergraduate- an LLB- rather than a conversion course- GDL). I think there’s a maturity element to it, and I’m not sure I could have done well starting a law degree at 18. I’m on summer break after my first year, where all our subjects were year long, so I suppose it remains to be seen who sank and who swam (or, who comes back and who doesn’t).

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      4. No, very few related opportunities until you finish second year here, so I decided to focus on my volunteering, read up for next year, and get a social media presence going. I’m married and my husband has a proper adult job (while I’ve hung around universities for mumble mumble years. It honestly wasn’t my intention: life just doesn’t always turn out the way you plan sometimes), so I don’t need to work except for the experience (I have had part time office jobs, so I’m not so badly off general experience wise).

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      5. I don’t know what it’s like in the US, but in the UK legal academics and some lawyers are pretty active on Twitter, and they’re not super intimidating to deal with as long as you don’t pester them too much and think answers through. (I have a private social media presence, which I hope to keep that way, and I keep my not-for-potential-employers thoughts etc to there and email, or under pseudonyms elsewhere on the net)

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      6. And your mileage may, of course, vary, but I’m using my blog very much as a professional platform. The whole, I have serious ideas, think things through, etc. It’s why I use my real name (yes, my name is Amy Stanley). So far I’ve gotten a bit of kudos from academics at my law school and barristers on Twitter. Hopefully if/ when I get more of a following it’ll be a positive reputation thing. I’m considering a post on the legalities of unwieldy online terms and conditions- I gather from what I’ve read they might well be legal in the US (but don’t ask me about US contract law, I wouldn’t have the foggiest apart from that you have the good faith doctrine the UK rejects), but that EU regulations on unfair terms may make them more difficult for those in the UK. Of course there are practical questions of what consumer wants to take global corporations to court, and indeed what happens to that law once the UK leaves the EU, but I think that’s a bit beyond me (despite the fact that I didn’t do too badly in contract law).

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      7. Oh, absolutely fair enough. It’s exciting! (Daunting, difficult, makes you wonder why on earth you do this, but absolutely exciting)

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