Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Law Society: Module sign-up Social (22nd March)

Ask questions about elective modules whilst enjoying drinks and snacks with the Law Society committee and your peers on the 22nd of March, in Room 116, MB from 18:00 - 20:00.

The SOAS Law Society is organising its last social of the year, and for this we wanted to help you choose your modules and assure that we help you further your goals in the next few years. This is why we have decided to hold an informal social with snacks and drinks, where you can drop in if you have any questions about electing your modules. As well as this, we will be bringing a good camera and will be taking LinkedIn/professional portraits of those of you that want this.

We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you there on the 22nd of March, Friday!

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Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

National Speed Mooting Competition (23rd March 2019)

23rd March, from 9am to 6pm. Location: Liverpool Hope University

The competition is open to undergraduate law and GDL students. I would be grateful if you could forward the attached document to all eligible students at SOAS. The sign up page, along with further details of the competition, are available at www.speedmooting.com.

The competition is for individuals and will take place over the course of a single day. The entry fee is £20.00. Lunch and refreshments are included on the day.

 The prize for the winner is an iPad Mini. Those finishing in the top 16 will receive training contract interviews at MAJ Law. 

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Mar
28
3:30 PM15:30

Dentons Student 'Insight Evening (deadline 21st March 2019)

Dentons, is due to host another "Insight Evening" for BAME students on 28 March 2019, 3:30-8:30pm.

The event is a special BAME-focused Event, and the aim will be on attracting quality BAME students to the firm, to learn more about Dentons and also to pick up top tips on making successful training contract applications.

Please send an email with a copy of your CV with a brief paragraph on why you would like to attend to bpnfusion.insightday@dentons.com

 Applications will close on 21 March 2019 and spaces will be allocated on a rolling basis. Travel costs of up to £75 per student will be reimbursed on production of a valid travel receipt.

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Mar
30
12:45 PM12:45

University Advocacy Day at Gray’s Inn (deadline: 9:00am 27 Feb)

Where: Gray's Inn

When: Saturday 30 March 2019

Time:  12:45pm to 7.30pm

Cost: Free with subsidised travel

Do you want to be a barrister?  Do you know what will be required of you as you pursue a career at the Bar?

This Advocacy day is a unique opportunity for university students who are interested in a career at the bar are not yet members of an Inn of court.

The day will offer an opportunity to meet and listen to what leading barristers say are the key elements of good advocacy; to participate in a facilitated case analysis, ethics discussions and finally, under the guidance of accredited advocacy trainers, to get on your feet and perform a bit of advocacy.  Saturday evening will end with a reception hosted by judicial and barrister members of the Inn, all of whom sit and/or practise in all areas of law and at all levels.  

Programme

·         Talks on advocacy, scholarships and the role of the Inns  from barristers

·         Advocacy and ethics training in small groups from barristers

·         Reception in Hall hosted by Members of the Inn 

Application deadline: 9:00am Wednesday 27 February 2019

Places are limited. We will confirm whether your application has been successful shortly after the deadline.

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Mar
30
12:45 PM12:45

University Advocacy Day at Gray's Inn (deadline: 27 Feb)

Where: Gray's Inn

When: Saturday 30 March 2019

Time:  12:45pm to 7.30pm

Cost: Free with subsidised travel

Application deadline: 9:00am Wednesday 27 February 2019. Places are limited. It will be confirmed whether your application has been successful shortly after the deadline.

Programme:

·         Talks on advocacy, scholarships and the role of the Inns  from barristers

·         Advocacy and ethics training in small groups from barristers

·         Reception in Hall hosted by Members of the Inn

To Apply

Complete and submit an application via the Gray’s Inn website

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Internship Opportunity at IBA's Legal Policy & Research Unit (London)
Apr
1
to Jun 28

Internship Opportunity at IBA's Legal Policy & Research Unit (London)

There is an internship opportunity with the International Bar Association from 1 April - 28 June 2019 in their Legal Policy & Research Unit.  

The page with information on the internship is here under The IBA's Legal Policy & Research Unit (London) accordion.

The deadline for applications is 30 November. 

If you have any questions, please contact Georgia Watson - Georgia.Watson@int-bar.org

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Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

The London Legal Support Trust (21st June 2019)

The London Legal Support Trust is a charity supporting free legal advice services in London and the South East. We host the largest event in the legal calendar anually. To do this we need 200 volunteers to help set up the event and cheer walkers along the route.

Be part of the largest event in the legal calendar this June!

We are looking for dedicated and energetic individuals to help at the London Legal Walk. This event is led by the Lord Chief Justice and sees over 13,000 lawyers from over 700 organisations take on 10k for access to justice.

 As a marshal you will help us prepare the day and later be positioned along the route where it will be your role to direct walkers and offer support and encouragement as they go past. Afterwards you are invited to join in the fun at the street party on Carey Street. 

 We need volunteers who are available on Monday 21st June between 3pm-9pm.

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Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Careers Event: 'In Conversation with barristers, solicitors, and dispute resolution practitioners' (TODAY)

7 PM, B104

The SOAS Bar Society and SOAS Law Society are hosting a careers event, titled 'In conversation with barristers, solicitors, and dispute resolution practitioners'. This event is aimed to give an insight into different career paths in law. 

The date of the event is Thursday the 21st of March at 7 PM, B104. The panellists will consist of two barristers, solicitors, a mediator, and an arbitrator. The evening will begin with a brief introduction from the panellists, a discussion and Question&Answer session between the panellists and the students, and a brief networking session. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Sarabjit Singh QC from 1 Crown Office Row - specialised in diverse areas of law, including tax, public law, historic abuse cases and clinical negligence. 

Tara Lyons from Pump Court Chambers - specialised in Family and Civil Law. 

Benjamin NG - Associate in Freshfields disputes, litigation and arbitration.

Aliya Al-Yassin - Slaughter and May Trainee Solicitor

Dr. Emilia Onyema - FCIArb, Lecturer in Commercial Arbitration 

Michael Bartlet - Mediator and non-practising barrister

Mohammad Mehmood - Associate at Allen & Overy, Co-founder of the SOAS Law Journal and former Co-Editor-in-Chief.

We are anonymously collecting questions which students may have through the form below, which will be distributed at the beginning of the event, so that all students have a starting point to facilitate the discussion with the panellists.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQIvg2FdIwNayN-JF1LtmGBCyROjrNM9747WQHGZiqOaEINQ/viewform


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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

A-law Annual Student Essay Competition 2019 (deadline: 22nd March)

In light of some recent technical issues with our website, which may have prevented you from accessing our guidelines, we have extended the deadline for our Annual Student Essay Competition to Friday 22nd MARCH 2019.

The title this year is: 

“Explain the potential significance of granting legal personhood to animals in the UK”

The winning entrants will receive:

  • 1st prize - Published article in The UK Journal of Animal Law and £150 book vouchers;

  • 2nd prize - £70 book vouchers;

  • 3rd prize - £30 book vouchers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore an area of law that is rarely taught on law courses and to contribute to the highly topical debate about granting personhood to animals. It also offers the winner the chance to have their work published in our Journal, which is the UK's only academic journal dedicated to the niche but growing field of animal law!

We welcome entries from all students with a passion for animal law at any stage of their studies and from any discipline. You can find all of the Competition guidelines here

Please email your submissions or any questions FAO Alice to studentgroup@alaw.org.uk.

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Student Pro Bono Opportunities with LPHR Student Network

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights Student Research Opportunities
They are recruiting student volunteers to contribute to the Student Network projects for Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights. These opportunities offer the chance to get published and to partake in international legal research, requiring commitment until August 2019.

Below are the current opportunities to contribute to our work:

1. LPHR's blog. If you would like to write a blog article, please email us the topic you would like to write on and a brief outline of the structure. Please have a look at our previo us blogs on the website (https://lphr.org.uk) to get an idea of our style and to see what topics have been written about recently. If you do not have a topic in mind, we can suggest one. Blog articles can be written on an ad hoc basis, so this is a more flexible time commitment. 

2. Monthly Child Rights Bulletins These bulletins collate statistics relating to violations against children, pinpointing any particular issues that have seriously affected Palestinian children in the last month and providing analysis on what the legal position is. These bulletins have been used as briefings for Parliamentary debates, so this presents a great opportunity to promote human rights in Palestine. 

As a volunteer for Child Rights Bulletins, you role would include:

  • Obtaining contextual information about some of the violations from relevant NGOs and   

  • Applying and analysing the relevant provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Please send an email to lphrstudentnetwork@live.co.uk noting which project you are interested in and a short statement why. Please also attach your CV to the email.


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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Lawyers vs Machines (21st March 2019)

6-8:30 pm, Park City Grand Plaza Kensington, London.

A new era is upon us. What was once impossible is now an everyday occurrence. The legal sector is no exception. Will the machines take over the everyday tasks of lawyers or will lawyers always have an advantage in this profession?
Come and listen to the experts and get a glimpse into the future. GenCorporate and KPUM presents Lawyers v Machines: Disruption in the Legal Sector. March 21st, 2019 at Park City Grand Plaza Kensington, London, 6pm.

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Mar
20
4:00 PM16:00

Calais Children: A case to answer SOAS Film Screening and Panel Discussion (20th March 2019)

Calais Children: A Case to Answer is an outstanding documentary showing the struggle of unaccompanied children in the Jungle of Calais. More than a movie, this moving piece of filmmaking brings together lawyers and refugees into powerful court material

We are joined by:

Ms. Sue Clayton, Film Maker (www.calais.gebnet.co.uk)

Mr. Toufique Hossain, Director of Public Law Duncan Lewis

Mr. Pru Waldorf, Cofounder of Calais Action a Refugee Support Group

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Mar
17
4:00 PM16:00

Blind Spots with Roberto Unger (17th March)

  • When: 17th of March 4-6pm

Art / Earth / Tech is organising an event with the Institute for Public Policy Research.The event is the first in a series of conversations called Blind Spots, and we are delighted to launch this with our first guest Roberto Unger, a Professor at Harvard Law School. Roberto Unger was one of the youngest law professors in Harvard’s history, he played a significant role in bringing democracy back to Brazil, served in Lula’s government as a minister and has been called “a prophet” by the famed philosopher Richard Rorty. A key influence and inspiration to Obama he was also one of Obama’s toughest critics.

He will be speaking on the Knowledge Economy and the rise of inequality. In the last few years the techno-optimism surrounding the digital revolution has given way to dystopia. Rather than a force for economic and social democracy, digital now seems to mean monopoly and manipulation. Instead of politics and the state we are entrusting our collective future to individual initiative, NGOs and private corporations. What is the source of this distrust in the state, in organised collective action, of disbelief in politics?  Many have found the current political climate - of Trump, Brexit, and Bolsonaro - surprising, even unimaginable. This is symptomatic of a collective blind spot. What have we been missing to not see this coming? How could we have been so blind-sided? And what does the future hold?

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Mar
15
to Mar 16

SOAS African Development Forum 2019: Insecurity (15th - 16th March)

SOAS African Development Forum are excited to invite you to the 8th annual SOAS African Development Forum on this year's theme - Insecurity.

We have curated a day and a half long event that will challenge conventional truths and bear thought-provoking dialogue.

Having secured prominent keynote speakers - figureheads of the continent - we look forward to sharing them with you along with our inspiring panellists.

We're also working on creating an environment that transports you from dreary, cold London to the bright warmth of the African continent - and yes, that includes some hot authentic African cuisine as well.

The event is taking place on the 15th - 16th March, 2019 at SOAS, University of London.

With 3 Keynote Speakers and 4 Panels, each with 4 panellists and a Chair, we offer:

**Access to the largest site on African expertise outside Africa

**Complimentary refreshments throughout the day

**Authentic African cuisine

**1.5 days of engaging and thought-provoking debate

Keynote

Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki - CEO of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)

Panellists

DISRUPTING AFRICA

Chibundu Onuzo - Published Author and Teaching Fellow, SOAS

Awino Okech - Professor at SOAS

Olutimehin Adegbeye - Writer and Activist

Siyanda Mohutsiwa - Writer, Associate Professor, and Social Media Influencer

Wale Lawal - Oxford Scholar, Founder of The Republic

GROWING AFRICA

Mushtaq Khan - Professor at SOAS and Director of Anti-Corruption Evidence

Yinka Adegoke - Quartz Africa Editor

Victor Murinde - Professor and Director of SOAS Centre for Global Finance

Said El Hachimi - Counsellor at World Trade Organisation

More speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

Our student Early Bird tickets are sold out but regular tickets are available here.

Check out our website here for more information and follow us on our social media channels - @SOASADF

Want to Volunteer?

We are also recruiting a few volunteers to help us better organise on the day of our conference, if you're interested and helpful please fill out our volunteer form.

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Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Reformative Criminal Justice: A spotlight on the African Prisons Project (12th March)

Registration begins at 6:30 pm.

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, DLT, SOAS Main Building


This event by People4Prisoners Society promises to be a truly inspiring talk, highlighting the importance of changing the narrative of prisoners from outcasts to reformed and empowered individuals of society.

Our guest speaker, Mr Alexander McLean, is Founder of the African Prisons Project (APP)

He says of his work:

"Our vision is to empower changemakers within prisons - prisoners and prisoner staff – who will use the law to bring justice to some of the world’s most vulnerable, through our Justice Changemaker Programme. By providing legal training and services to those who need it most, we are creating systemic change to ensure that everyone has access to justice."

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Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

LWOB Access to Law Event (12th March)

19:00-21:00, Room B104, Brunei Gallery 

LWOB is hosting an exciting event coming up on the 12th of March, discussing whether access to law should be a human right? The discussion question is intended to fit the expertise of our guests from the International Senior Lawyers Project and Fair Trials.

As an extension of the theme relating to the structures which generally provide human rights, we are considering the implications of the legal structures themselves. Within this we ask, are the legal structures weakening or disappearing, what is the impact on development, how do we make international legal structures more inclusive and what is the role of NGO’s and pro bono organisations in this context? 

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Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Gray's Inn: Discussion on Diversity and social mobility in the legal profession (11th March 2019)

6:00 to 8:00

Location: Bingham Room
Registration: 17:45
Qualifying Session (QS): Not accredited as a QS
Equivalent to 1 CPD hour (view the Bar Standards Board guidance for CPD(link is external))
Cost: Free of charge but booking required

The Panel

Co-hosted by the former President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger and Pupil Barrister at 2 Hare Court Kawsar Zaman, the panel will share their own inspirational journeys to the law and/or the measures they have taken to champion issues of diversity and social mobility in the legal profession.

For more information and to book: https://www.graysinn.org.uk/calendar/discussion-diversity-and-social-mobility 

Booking will close, (for barrister members) 4 clear working days and (for student members) 5 clear working days before the event. 

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Mar
8
4:00 PM16:00

Legal Cheek: ‘Commercial, digital and data awareness' – with Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird, Freshfields and Norton Rose Fulbright’ (13th March 2019)

The full list of speakers has been released for Legal Cheek's latest London student event, 'Commercial, digital and data awareness – with Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird, Freshfields and Norton Rose Fulbright'. The free event takes place at BPP Law School's Holborn campus on the evening of Wednesday 13 March. 
 

Joining Nitish Upadhyaya, senior innovation manager at Allen & Overy, and Adam Curphey, head of development (innovation technology) at BPP University Law School, will be:

Jeremy Coleman, innovation manager (EMEA) at Norton Rose Fulbright:
 Jeremy Coleman qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and is innovation manager for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA). He is a member of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Newcastle Hub, which was set up in 2015 as a centre of excellence for legal process, legal technology and testing new ways of working in the legal sector. Jeremy is responsible for delivering high-quality client solutions through legal process design and the development, deployment and integration of innovative technologies.
 
Molly Russell, associate and innovation consultant at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer:
 Molly is a solicitor in Freshfields’ disputes group. She acts for a broad range of clients in commercial and financial disputes, as well as contentious regulatory matters, with a particular focus on matters involving financial institutions. She is also a member of the firm’s global sanctions and trade practice, while acting as a consultant to the firm on innovation.

Zoe Fuller, legal director at Bird & Bird:
 Zoe specialises in contentious matters and her practice covers the full range of intellectual property rights, with a particular focus on patents. She is frequently involved in disputes involving complex technologies, working on many matters involving high profile telecoms companies on both standard essential and non-essential patents. Prior to becoming a solicitor Zoe graduated from Nottingham University with a first class MSci in biochemistry and biological chemistry.
 
At the free event the speakers will share stories from the frontline about the tech and innovation-related developments taking place within their firms, and reflect on the skills that lawyers of the future will need to hone.
 
You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel.

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Mar
8
4:00 PM16:00

IHEID Geneva Challenge (Registrations close 24th March 2019)

The 2019 edition of The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students. This year, students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on "The Challenges of Global Health". 

The 2019 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and was supported by the late Kofi Annan as the high-patron of the contest. The Geneva Challenge aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.

Global Health is a defining challenge of tomorrow’s world and is a critical concern for both developing and developed countries. As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting Master students from all academic programmes and from anywhere in the world to provide helpful strategic recommendations. Five prizes, one per continent, we will be distributed.

Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 word proposal which:  

  • identify a challenge stemming from global health; 

  • construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context; 

  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.

The Geneva Challenge 2019 will distribute 25’000 CHF in monetary prizes and the finalists will be invited to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts. Networking opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.

Registrations close on 24th March 2019.

Submission due by 15th July 2019. 

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Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Inner Temple Dinner (deadline: 13 Feb)

Location: Lincoln’s Inn Great Hall, 6:30pm - 10pm

The Lincoln’s Inn will be holding a University Dinner on the 5th of March for (law and non-law) undergraduates interested in becoming barristers.  It will be held at the newly reopened Great Hall.

 The dinner will be held in Inner Temple Hall where undergraduates will have the opportunity to meet practising members to discuss the Bar.  The evening will start with a drinks reception at 18.30, with doors opening at 18.15. It is expected to end at approximately 22.00.  

The dress code is Black Tie or National Dress preferred, but alternatively dark suits and dark shoes for both male and female will be suitable.

The SOAS Bar Society has been given a limited number of invites for this event. 

If you are interested in gaining an invite, please send a short motivational statement (max. 200 words) to soasbarsoc@soas.ac.uk by Wednesday 13th of February. 

Best of luck in your applications!

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Mar
4
1:30 PM13:30

Assessment Centre Experience (6th and 20th March)

BPP Holborn invites you on either 6th March 2019 or 20th March 2019 to our annual event for aspiring solicitors and barristers – ACE: The Assessment Centre Experience.  

This is an opportunity for future lawyers to undertake workshops, legal recruitment activities and network with our experienced law tutors and external practitioners, who will be coming into the Law School to share their knowledge and expertise.  

Content

The solicitor-focused workshops will include:

·         Team working and commercial awareness activity

·         Drafting; and

·         Speed Interviewing

 

The bar-focused workshops will include:

·         Two ’Speed moots’; and

·         Tops tips for pupilage interviews

 

All students will have the opportunity to attend a professional panel event with speakers from a wide range of practice areas who will take your questions on the recruitment process, and, in particular, let you know what firms/chambers are looking for in their new recruits.  

 Everyone who attends ACE will have the opportunity of receiving personal feedback and will have plenty of opportunity to network with a variety of lawyers from a range of firms/chambers.  We have even factored in time for networking, drinks and nibbles at the end of the evening!

 

Registration 

Anyone interested in coming to ACE on 6 March 2019, should register in advance using the following link: https://ace-holborn.eventbrite.co.uk  

Anyone wishing to attend on 20 March 2019 can register using the link: https://ace-london1.eventbrite.co.uk

Please view the video here

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Mar
2
1:30 PM13:30

FFIPP London Internship opportunity in Palestine/Israel (15th March)

Would you like to discover more about Israel/Palestine, and develop an understanding of the conflict that goes beyond the media? Apply for the FFIPP Summer Program and Internship 2019! 

The program includes: an orientation week in Israel and the West Bank, a four-week summer internship, access to a global academic network and a year long commitment to organising educational events in your local FFIPP Chapter. 

Applications are open until the 15th March. Find the application form and conditions of participation at www.ffippeu.com/internship


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Mar
1
9:30 PM21:30

Rule of Law Innovation Challenge 2019 (1st March)

Applications are open until January 1st.

The time of year has come again for LWOB to hold its annual Rule of Law Innovation Challenge at Kings College London! 

This annual event is designed to provide students with opportunities to contribute and aid the development of innovative educational mechanisms in rule of law. This year, the challenge is to create learning mechanisms for LWOB’s programmes in Tanzania and Kenya. SOAS has dominated the competition the last two years so we want to come back stronger than ever! 

We are promised at least one team so spots will be limited. Please send in a cover letter - no more than 200 words in PDF format - if you would like to participate in this years' SOAS ROLIC Team. Once the first team fills up we will request space for more, so applications will be taken on a rolling basis. Send in your applications quickly for a higher chance of participating in the competition.

Please clear your schedules for 1st March!

The final submission for this challenge should encompass one of the following categories: 

  1. Combatting Violent Extremism Among Youth

  2. Combating Wildlife Crime

  3. Gender-based violence & Domestic Violence

  4. Evidence Processing

Find the event description attached below. We look forward to hearing from you all!

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

SOAS Free Representation Unit (28 Feb)

SOAS will be hosting Free Representation Unit Thursday, February 28th at 19.00. 

Since 1972, FRU has provided representation in social security and employment tribunals to those ineligible for legal aid. Their work is volunteer-based, consisting mostly of law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career. To Volunteer with FRU you must be at minimum in your final year of a qualifying law degree or qualified. We have asked that FRU discuss how first and second years can prepare to join FRU. 

As a volunteer, you will take on a case to prepare and present in the tribunal. FRU gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand legal and advocacy experience, plus it looks great on your CV. 

To learn more, please join us for the event on the 28th. We have limited space so make sure to register for a ticket here! We will be joined by FRU CEO David Abbott and Doughty Street Chambers Barrister Gemma Daly, a former FRU volunteer.

Link to Free Representation Unit
Link to Gemma Daly
Link to Facebook Page

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Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Queen Mary ADR Society Event: 'Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions for Arbitration in Africa' (28 Feb)

from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Laws 2.10 on Mile End Campus

Queen Mary Alternative Dispute Resolution Society is organizing an amazing event on Thursday, 28 February on 'Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions for Arbitration in Africa'. 

Two Dispute Resolution partners, Kamau Karori MBS and Milly Jalega Odari, from IKM Advocates (in alliance with DLA Piper and DLA Piper Africa) are coming from Kenya to talk to us about the opportunities, challenges and solutions for arbitration in Africa, especially in light of their own experience as they recently secured a victory for the Republic of Kenya in the Cortec v Kenyacase.

This lecture and Q&A will take place on Thursday, 28 February 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Laws 2.10 on Mile End Campus, and will be followed by a small catered reception. 

This event will be a unique opportunity to talk to them and learn more about the growth of arbitration in Africa!

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Feb
27
5:30 PM17:30

ULAW: Pupillage Question Time (27 Feb)

17:30 – 19:30, at University of Law, 14 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DE

APPLIED FOR PUPILLAGE?

Need help to prepare for those upcoming interviews?

Come along and hear from experienced pupillage committee members along with current pupils on how to get ready for pupillage interviews.

The event will be a question time where the panel is split between two:

Senior Panel
Experienced pupillage committee members discuss:
- The why and how of pupil selection
- What impresses at interview and how candidates get themselves selected

Junior Panel
Current & recent pupils share experiences of:
- Preparing for interviews, presenting well in the room and what to do when things go wrong

Panel members are formed by 2 Bedford Row, Pump Court. Westgate Chambers, 5 Essex Court and many more.

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Feb
27
5:30 PM17:30

Bloomsbury Legal Seminar: Ready to Release? Conversation with the Parole Board (27 Feb)

17:30 – 19:00

 Wondered how a criminal is decided to be released into the community?

Join us and get involved in the conversation with our guest speaker Paul who is a member of the Parole Board - an independent body that carries out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community.

 Prior to his role at Parole Board, Paul was the Chief Executive of NACRO (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) from 2002 – 2009.  The role of NACRO is to deliver social justice by positively changing lives, strengthening communities and preventing crime. They house and support vulnerable people including young people, adults and families, and help them to move on through their National Homes Agency.

This promises to be a fascinating insight into Paul’s involvement at the highest level within these nationally important organisations.

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Feb
27
5:30 PM17:30

Immigration and Human Rights after Brexit seminar (27 Feb)

When: 5.30 - 8pm, Wednesday 27th February 2019

Where: SOAS, BGLT

As the UK Parliament grapples with the negotiated terms of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, the country is preparing for several scenarios with bifurcated outcomes. Come to our discussion of the current issues in Immigration Law and Human Rights in order to contemplate the outcomes that could result in the short and medium term as a result of the Immigration White Paper and further international negotiations. This two-hour seminar will be of use to those already practising in the field of Immigration Law and those with an interest in human rights policy more generally, in the context of Free Movement.

Our speakers:

Ousman Noor, Barrister (Call: 2010), Kings Cross Barristers and Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS

Shereen Akhtar, Barrister (Call: 2015), Kings Cross Barrister

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Feb
27
4:30 PM16:30

Lincoln's Inn Great Hall University Information Afternoon & Dinner (deadline: 1 Feb)

Location: Lincoln’s Inn Great Hall

The SOAS Bar Society has been given a limited amount of tickets for the Lincoln's Inn Dinner. Inn Dinners are a unique opportunity for aspiring barristers to network with qualified barristers and judges as well as learn more about a career in the Bar. For this reason, the Bar Society is giving the opportunity for students to attend these events. 

The Lincoln's Inn will be holding a University Information Afternoon & Dinner on 27th of February for (law and non-law) undergraduates interested in becoming barristers. it will be held at the newly reopened Great Hall. 

Throughout the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of short talks on varying aspects of a career at the Bar, including the Self-Employed Bar, the Employed Bar, Training for the Bar, and Top Tips to Succeed. 

This will be followed by a drinks reception and dinner where you will have the opportunity to discuss the Bar with barristers and benchers of the Inn. The formal part of the event will finish by 8:30 PM, however you are welcome to stay and mic with other attendees. 

The SOAS Bar Society has been given a limited number of invites for this event. If you are interested in gaining an invite, please send a short motivational statement (max. 200 words) outlining your interest in Lincoln's Dinner to soasbarsoc@soas.ac.uk by Friday 1st of February 2019. Priority will be given to first and second year students whom have not attended this event before and have a genuine interest in the Bar. 

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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Democracy and rule of law: is there a hope for South Caucasus? (26 Feb)

South Caucasus is the region located between Russia, Turkey and Iran. After the collapse of the Soviet Union three countries in this region – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – proclaimed their independence. At that time, all of them shared a significant number of similarities: highly centralised government, lack of democratic institutions and a weak respect for the rule of law. Almost 30 years after the collapse these countries have followed different paths of post-communist transition and are standing at very different sides of the political straight today: Georgia being a pro-democratic and West-oriented country; Armenia having recently undergone a very unexpected change of the government; and Azerbaijan still holding as a strong authoritarian regime.
We are looking to invite students interested in South Caucasus region to join the discussion on democracy and the rule of law in South Caucasus, with the speakers from respective countries.

Moderator: Jurate Guzeviciute, Programme Lawyer at the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

Speakers:
- Speaker from Azerbaijan
- Nako Edisherashvili (Speaker from Georgia)
- Liana Yepremyan (Speaker from Armenia)

THE EVENT IS FREE AND IS OPEN TO EVERYONE.

Khalili Lecture Theatre
Tue, 26 February 2019
19:00 – 21:00 GMT

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Feb
25
4:30 PM16:30

IBA Internship Programme (deadline 1st March 2019)

International Bar Association is currently recruiting for their July-September intake of interns.

You can apply to any of the three internships available – Executive Director, Human Rights Institute or Legal Policy and Research Unit.

All of the information is on their website, including the application forms and other relevant documents: https://www.ibanet.org/Education_and_Internships/Legal_Internship_Programme.aspx

 

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Feb
25
4:30 PM16:30

Westminster Law Society Commercial Awareness Competition

The competition will commence on the 21st February 2019, and is open to more than one team per university. Teams will be composed of 2 persons each. Get the chance to win a £50 cash prize per team. Participants will also receive a certificate of Participation and the chance to take part in Commercial Awareness Workshops and Legal Skills Workshops at Westminster Law School.

Round 1:

Thursday 21st February 2019- In teams of two participants will take part in on a quiz on  commercial awareness. Each team will have 30 minutes to do the quiz at the same time, to complete a multiple choice quiz, therefore must bring their laptops to the room the quiz will take place. The quiz will have 50 questions.

Round 2:

Thursday 7th March 2019- In teams of two participants will be given a debate question on commercial awareness. Judges will have a winner.

Round 3:

Thursday 14th March 2019-In teams of two participants will  be given a pitch on a topic.

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Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

ACE Day (6th or 20th March)

BPP would like to invite you to BPP Holborn on either 6 March 2019 or 20 March 2019 to their annual event for aspiring solicitors and barristers – ACE: The Assessment Centre Experience.  This is an opportunity for future lawyers to undertake workshops, legal recruitment activities and network with experienced law tutors and external practitioners, who will be coming into the Law School to share their knowledge and expertise. 

Content

The solicitor-focused workshops will include:

·         Team working and commercial awareness activity

·         Drafting

·         Speed Interviewing

The bar-focused workshops will include:

·         Two ’Speed moots’; and

·         Tops tips for pupilage interviews

All students will have the opportunity to attend a professional panel event with speakers from a wide range of practice areas who will take your questions on the recruitment process, and, in particular, let you know what firms/chambers are looking for in their new recruits. 

Everyone who attends ACE will have the opportunity of receiving personal feedback and will have plenty of opportunity to network with a variety of lawyers from a range of firms/chambers.  We have even factored in time for networking, drinks, and nibbles at the end of the evening!

Registration

 Anyone interested in coming to ACE on 6 March 2019, should register in advance using the following link: https://ace-holborn.eventbrite.co.uk  

 Anyone wishing to attend on 20 March 2019 can register using the link: https://ace-london1.eventbrite.co.uk

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Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

FFIPP London Internship opportunity in Palestine/Israel (deadline: 15th March 2019)

Would you like to discover more about Israel/Palestine, and develop an understanding of the conflict that goes beyond the media? Apply for the FFIPP Summer Program and Internship 2019! 
The program includes: an orientation week in Israel and the West Bank, a four-week summer internship, access to a global academic network and a year long commitment to organising educational events in your local FFIPP Chapter. 

Applications are open until the 15th March. 

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Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Legal Cheek event: 'How to become a human rights lawyer - with Leigh Day, Hodge Jones & Allen, Cornerstone Barristers and Sergeants' Inn' (20 Feb)

Legal Cheek invites you to apply to attend its newly announced event, ‘How to become a human rights lawyer – with Leigh Day, Hodge Jones & Allen, Cornerstone Barristers and Serjeants’ Inn’.
 
The free event takes place at ULaw London Bloomsbury on the evening of Wednesday 20 February. It features a panel discussion with solicitors and barristers from these firms and chambers, who will share their insights about how to get ahead in this fascinating and important branch of the legal profession.
 
They will consider, too, the main issues affecting human rights lawyers now and over the years ahead, while also telling some of their stories from practice.
 
After the panel session there will be drinks, nibbles and networking with the speakers and members of their firms and chambers' graduate recruitment teams.

You’ll be asked to submit a cv and two questions for the panel.

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Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Building Culture in the Age of Flexible Working (19 Feb)

Time: 18:30-21:00 

Location: WeWork,15 Bishopsgate London EC2N 3AR

When considering career changes or job opportunities, flexible working is increasingly a top priority amongst employees, in fact, 3rd most important according to our research. But so is culture. A strong culture not only retains and motivates employees with a sense of belonging and purpose but is also a key part of how companies market themselves to job seekers. Without a strong culture where employees are immersed in the brand ethos a brand in the 21st Century will not survive.

So as remote working grows and businesses turn to flexible workers in huge numbers, how can they ensure their culture and business values are not jeopardized? How do you build and conserve culture in this age of flexible working? How do you ensure employees engage with your brand? And with each other?

Panel Speakers

Bobbi Nicholson - People Operations Lead at Monzo

More tbc

Agenda

6.30pm Arrival

7.00pm Introduction

7.15pm Panel Discussion

8.00pm Drinks and Networking

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