Crazy Faith | My Miracle | A little piece of ME!

I am a Christian.

Everything about me studying law right now needs to be understood from this one statement. Well that’s a bit of a nuance as my journey started way before 2013 but the focus here is on the practical aspect (from 2013).

So I came across this photo today (while procrastinating of course, loads of reading await me – moot prep).

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*sun-kissed! 2013/2014 – Vigie beach, St. Lucia.
‘you may hear it in my accent, the twang in my tongue, yes I come from a little island.’ Lyrics from – Avion Blackman – Third World Girl.

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Let EVERYONE die?!

 

Your aircraft carrying sixteen passengers crashes. Nine of you survive but only four can fit on the only life raft available. The age of the survivors ranges from 10 to 60 years and includes a minister and an epileptic; the closest distance to shore is one and a half days. Who would you save?

Also note that the crash is in the Pacific Ocean – sharks!, complete radio failure, and you have twenty minutes to decide who can use the life raft.

This is a perfect example of the group exercise large law firms use to assess applicants. To arrive at an assessment day means that (based on typical large ‘Magic Circle’ city law firms) 400 out of 4000 applicants have been successful thus far in the process.

Typically each person will be monitored by one assessor who will grade you brutally, using a grade scale from 1 to 4. This is unusual as scales are usually 1 to 5. This is intentional to force the assessor to be precise as possible which means you will either be ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’, no in-between. The skills being assessed include but are not limited to –

  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Communication

Another bit of information in regards to assessment is extracurricular activities amount to (approximately) 25% of overall score.

This knowledge is paramount for any career but especially if you want to practice law. However, to my surprise, there were only six students in attendance at the workshop held last week at BPP University (Waterloo) by Joe Wilkes, Head of Careers Law and Health – London and South. He is a former employee (recruitment) of a leading law firm and the entire team at BPP  Waterloo Careers is similarly able to assist.

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Joe Wilkes, Head of Careers, BPP

If you are a Law student at the Waterloo Campus, Joe Wilkes will be targeting CVs and cover letters on Wednesday November 16.

Also, if you have not, do sign up to ‘Career Hub’ on the vle – so much great material and you can book a one-on-one appointment to assess the progress of your career – what should you be doing right now?

Looks a little like this …

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Career Ready Hub

 

Head over to my blog and leave your comments or questions if you need further directions. Please subscribe to stay up to date with being career ready.

 

The content of this post is not to be taken as legal advice.

Black History – In One Month?

I promised to do this post such a long time ago.

It is an area of great contention that the celebration or acknowledgement of black history in one month seems to state that black persons only became significant after all these atrocious acts – the slave trade and its after effects.

However the existence of the celebrations highlights so many persons who have played major roles in society whether in the abolition of slavery or otherwise. It is truly a time where many people are made aware of history that is buried or not highlighted as it should be.

That being said, my university has a Society, BPP African and Caribbean Society. This provides another area of discussion as many question the reason the two nationalities were put together under one umbrella. As a West Indian I understand the questioning as our cultures are different in many respects. Yet it seemed that the best way forward, and potentially address the issue, would be to get involved.

Fast forward to September 2016 where I took up the presidency of this Society which had been mostly dormant from its creation. With the assistance of an active and driven executive, we successfully hosted two events during October. The movie night Belle – was a great first event and the level of discussion after on the similarities and differences of African and Caribbean culture was so enlightening. For instance:

  • When people hear an African accent, they ask are you from Ghana or Nigeria?
  • When people hear a West Indian accent, they ask are you from Jamaica (although to be fair, 8 out of 10 times I have been asked if I am American – and that is true of my other St. Lucian colleagues).

On October 27 we hosted a talk on ‘Employability in the 21st Century’ with Laurie-Anne Power,a well accomplished member of 25 Bedford Row. It was very well attended and specific tips were given concerning applications to chambers or magic circle firms. It was so rich that we went over the scheduled time by an entire hour. The Q&A session was very open and real- she truly made the dream seem attainable.

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BPP ACS Executive – this team is beyond awesome!

 

Look out for updates on our major networking event in the first week in December.

The contents of this post are my personal views and is not to be taken as legal advice.

 

Gray’s Inn – Advocacy Training Day

The Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn hosted an Advocacy Training Day on Saturday 15 October 2016.

The focus of the practical sessions was on Witness Examination / Cross Examination.

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This was quite rare and appreciated by all students in attendance as most advocacy days and mooting workshops at universities focus on other elements of advocacy; voice, body language, vocabulary and other formalities.

3 Top Tips – Listen, Listen, Listen. It was taught that a witness can completely throw off your scripted line of questioning or can offer you a gold nugget. This is why listening is key!

The day saw addresses by the Inn’s Bencher, members of the Education Department and leading QCs and Barristers who gave up their Saturdays to train us.

The offer of BPTC scholarships was highlighted.

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the vocational stage  – postgraduate course – which allows law graduates to be named and practice as barristers in England & Wales. Costs for the BPTC is steep, close to £20K.

The final stage of training (after the BPTC) is a Pupillage which is a compulsory training contract which usually lasts one year. Some students are fortunate enough to be offered a Pupillage before commencing the BPTC (which they will pursue after completing the BPTC). Some chambers allow students to draw down on their Pupillage offer to fund the BPTC year.

Thousands complete the BPTC every year but there are only approximately 400 Pupillages to go around. Needless to say, the competition for these scholarships are fierce. Therefore students are cautioned on the risk involved in pursuing the BPTC without a scholarship or a Pupillage offer.

We received great advice on how to get through these stages alive.

 

I missed my opportunity to have a picture taken with The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, who gave an address at a reception at the end of the day. Please note you should never wait for the crowd to fade away, join the crowd, be the crowd.

I must note that the Creole fish was out-of-this-world delicious – definitely gave my compliments to the chef!

 

There was also filming on that day for the movie, The Children Act and Emma Thompson Emma Thompson to star in The Children Act was there – how often does that happen? The movie is set around Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel which was partly inspired by real-life cases presided over by his friends.

Of course, I was immediately reminded of the case I studied in my first year of Law School, R v Blaue.

It is always a pleasure attending such events as much more than the skills are gained. It is a wonderful opportunity to forge new friendships.

 

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