Revision

Tis’ the season for late nights, lots of regret (if you slacked off all semester), wishful thinking (of an extra month to study) and coffee, coffee, coffee.

I just wanted to check in and say keep fighting, keep studying, the grades you desire are attainable!

Hopefully you would have experimented with different techniques throughout the term and know what works for you.

REMEMBER!!!

  1. It’s not too late to ask for help. Email a tutor, call a friend or not-so-much-friend but they can help.
  2. Take a break. Go for a walk or call someone who can make you laugh or think of roses and butterflies (rolling my eyes but yeah that too!)
  3. Sleep is still very important. There is no point to studying if you don’t remember anything during the exam.

Just want to say that my tutors are awesome and keep revision interesting! #BPPLawSchool #LandLaw #FreeholdCovenants #Keep it very real!

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Summer laughs! | Strange laws?

As the heat finally peaked in the UK, sleeveless in London, finally…, I read this story in the paper and thought it would be fun to do a piece highlighting some strange or funny laws around the world. Or shall we simply call them interesting?

These are the laws. Have fun looking up the reasons they exist…

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  1. In Iceland you must choose your child’s name from a fixed list, the Personal Names Register. The girl named ‘Girl’. 
  2. In Switzerland, you should not wash your car on a Sunday.
  3. In Rhode Island, a union can be considered invalid under the grounds that the party is deemed to be, collectively, an idiot or a lunatic.
  4. In Germany you should not run out of gas on the highway.
  5. In the Philippines divorce is illegal and you can also get arrested for ‘unjust vexation’.
  6. In Thailand it is illegal to step on money.
  7. In China children must visit their parents often and tend to their spiritual needs.‘I can’t today, I’m visiting parents’. This one might seem less strange coming after China’s one-child policy (now changed). ‘You can now have two children’.
  8. In South Carolina there can be no fake proposals. If you are over 16 you better mean it or face the consequences.
  9. In Singapore there is a ban on chewing gum and spitting. The UK so needs this ban on spitting (serious face).
  10. In Sweden it is illegal to be found buying the services of a prostitute, even though prostitution is legal. ‘Don’t make eye contact but I choose you, yes, in the red skirt’.

While the rest of the world is dealing with the right to bear arms and whether men with sexually transmitted diseases should be allowed to exercise their religious rights to sleep with children, it might be quite a healthy and welcoming break to deal with such offenses.

Perhaps not? Share your thoughts below.

What are some of the strange laws that you have come across?

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MyLawJourney | Monthly Update | June 2016

It feels like forever since I shared with you. I did promise I would not flood your inbox but I just may be taking that promise too far?

Is that what a ‘reasonable person’ would have meant? Oh no, that word, a law student’s best friend or worst nightmare … I will explain that in another post!

So I am back at school after my awesome trip back home in May and second semester is always so intense, like a race that you know you just cannot win.

But for real, here’s what’s been going on with this lawyer to be – bite sizes – my journey! Spoiler alert – this one is a bit lengthy.

Go! Workshop Series – This month it was such an honor and delight to have been the sponsor of the ‘Most Improved Student’ award at Grace Combined School (Alma Mater). It is my opinion that the highest grade does not always reflect the hardest worker and that persistence should be rewarded.

Congratulations Quainn Fontenelle – you deserve this, keep shining! #Grace Combined School 2016.

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Study – I have learnt that the technique that works for one person will completely fail another. Furthermore a study technique that worked for you at one time may need to be ditched for another season. I have been documenting my habits and  I will share on a special ‘study tips’ post.

EXERCISE – Studies have shown that a good consistent workout will help you study better and increase retention. I do twenty minutes every night, never too late to start. #healthy living. NHS choices Exercise and study.

WORK – St. Luke’s Hospice. I have started a Finance Assistant role with this charity and I mention this part of my journey to encourage you to support your local charity.

In St. Lucia I support CLAS, Children’s Literacy Action Support (formerly CLAP – Program), founded by Miss Virgil Leonty to provide for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of inner-city children. Why not let her know how you can support her and the Lauren Jolie scholarship fund this year. Children’s Literacy Action Support.

PLAY: Frasier – Wait! Before you think I forget to proofread, I just wanted to share that it is so important to find things to do that are completely about pleasure. I watch sitcoms. My other favourites include Big Bang Theory, Still Standing, Everybody Loves Raymond and Yes dear. I kinda sorta also really love Suits (waiting for new season to start next week). And I know, they are all american shows, I haven’t adjusted to British humor; started watching Nan – reviews next time.

BREXIT – So by now you know that the UK has voted out of The European Union in a referendum held on June 23rd 2016. Information on the current happenings is in overdrive right now so here is a quick history of the UK’s intro into the EU:

  • 1951 European Coal and Steel Community Treaty. After the Second World War, a common market was established for dealing with coal and steel. Only 6 Member States at that time; Belgium,France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Netherlands.
  • 1957 European Economic Community. Established a common market across all the states – no trade barriers.
  • 1957 Euratom.  Designed to establish single community dealing with peaceful atomic energy.
  • 1965 The Merger Treaty. Merges the Commissions and Council Ministers of the previous treaties, for greater efficiency.
  • 1973 Finally (after much reluctance) UK joins.

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Things to look forward to:

  • Top study tips from high achieving students across different fields.
  • Summer travels? Law adventures?
  • Speed mooting – Happening for the first time at BPP Waterloo, learn the skill and moot on the same day. I am so excited to be involved in the planning and execution of this, I know it’s going to be great!

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Go! Workshop series

May 2016 came with many needs…

End of semester -Coursework.

Vacation  – 1st trip back home since starting school.

I needed to work on presentation and public speaking skills before taking on a role as BPP Student Mooting Coordinator – Waterloo.

While home, I planned to speak to Grade Sixers at my past Primary School on the pursuit of higher education. I have the unique experience of receiving a scholarship to pursue a Law degree at BPP University after my fifth attempt. This allowed me the ability to know just how daunting the experience can be.

 

So I had an idea! Why stop at Grace Combined School? Why not host a series of workshops? Even further, why not incorporate the encouragement and the teaching of these skills. In that way, I would engage the application of those skills in the most practical way by learning through teaching.

So with one week left before my flight to St. Lucia, I started planning and requesting sponsorship. Thankfully, everything went according to plan and Go! Workshop series debuted on Saturday May 14 2016.

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And a success it was! The attendees, representing Children’s Literacy Action Support and GOD’s Trumpet To The Nations Ministry, expressed their expectations were greatly exceeded and the encouragement was quite timely.

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The last workshop ended at Grace Combined School on May 17. The opportunity to have engaged these young minds will never be forgotten. Thank you to the principal and staff.

So grateful to BPP University and LexisNexis for believing in me and sponsoring the events.

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Special thanks to Rebecca Morgan – http://lawyerinthemaking.co.uk/ – for all the great advice and tips!

Also to Chermaline Gabriel who assisted me in preparing and was my co-host at every event. Her teaching experience was especially helpful at Grace Combined School.

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Finally special thanks to fellow students, Rajiv Lennie and Kadidra Charles for giving their testimonials.

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Welcome!

Welcome!

I am Neive Antoine, a law student at BPP University.

To qualify as a barrister in England and Wales is a most distinguished and challenging route, which requires a lot of initiative, drive and willpower.

This blog will give an account of my experiences as I head to the Bar.

Thus far my project, Go! Workshop Series, has been executed thanks to major sponsorship from BPP University and LexisNexis.

Come along with me on an exciting and fun journey!

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Please note that the content of any posts on this blog is NOT to be taken as legal advice.