Aspiring Solicitors is recruiting campus ambassadors from your university in 2019/2020 (deadline 22nd March)

The Aspiring Solicitors Campus Ambassador position is open for applications! If you think that improving diversity in the legal profession is really important, then you can help make that change by working with Aspiring Solicitors – one of the leading legal diversity platforms in the UK. 

Campus Ambassador Role

Our Campus Ambassadors are vital in ensuring that we deliver a cohesive programme of events across the UK and that the students at their universities are receiving the best advice and support possible in their pursuit of a training contract. 

As a Campus Ambassador, you will be ‘the face’ of Aspiring Solicitors on campus at your university. Your key responsibilities will include:

increasing the number of registered AS members at your university;

the promotion of AS on-campus (i.e. lecture shout-outs, law/freshers’ fairs) and online;

the creating and maintaining of strong relationships with the various societies and organisations which could help us reach more students (e.g. law societies); and 

acting as the first point of contact for anyone at your institution who has a query about Aspiring Solicitors.

In return, you will benefit from the following:

-an exclusive Aspiring Solicitors/BPP course discount (£500 fee reduction on GDL or LPC);

-a guaranteed place at one of the AS Diversity events;

-the opportunity to join the 2020 AS Aspire programme;

-the opportunity to attend one of the Headstart skills workshops in 2020; and

-help and support with applications.

The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd March.

Nominations for SOAS Law Society's 2019/20 Committee

Deadline: 22/03/2019

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the SOAS Law Society's 2019/20 committee nominations are now open. A document including available vacancies and role descriptions is attached in PDF form and interested students should ensure they use this document to nominate themselves for the role most suitable to them. 

Please note the following: 

  • All roles, except for the President, are open to all SOAS students. The role of President is restricted to students reading Law. 

  • The role of President is open to finalists only.

  • All roles are restricted to students that in the 2019/20 academic year will be in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th (where applicable) year of study.

  • The role of Technology and Innovation Director should desirably have website and graphic design skills. 

To nominate yourself, please email lawsociety@soas.ac.uk with a one-page manifesto clearly detailing: your name (and picture), the role you are running for, and proposed changes by the deadline.

The deadline for nominations is 22nd March 2019 at 23.59. The voting will commence on 25th March 2019 at noon and it will close on 23rd April 2019. The voting will be done via BLE, details of which you will receive closer to the date.

The results will be announced by the end of the day on 23rd April 2019. Following this, the current (2018/19) committee will hand over all Law Society functions to the incoming (2019/20) committee

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) SOAS Campus Ambassador Recruitment

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is offering many opportunities and ways to experience their firm. Whether you join them on an open day, work for them as a campus ambassador, join their insight scheme, a vacation scheme or training contract; all opportunities will provide you with an insight into life as a lawyer at BCLP.

BCLP is currently looking for a campus ambassador for SOAS. 

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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Westlaw Trainings (Term 2)

Do you know how to reference your cases properly? 

Do you know how to find that perfect case for your essay?

Do you know how to access books, journals, and legislation with one click? 

If you answered no to any of these, come to one of the Westlaw training sessions this week! The dates available are:

Monday 15-16

Friday 11-12

Wednesday 11-12

Sign up by emailing 650516@soas.ac.uk

Follow us for the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/TRFLLSOASUniversityofLondon/


V-logging for LawCareers.Net

LawCareers.Net are looking for students to create videos for us about what it’s like studying law and pursuing a legal career. 

The videos can be sit-down videos, or ‘day in the life’ vlogs – anything that gives our viewers first-hand insight, information and guidance into the sometimes baffling process of becoming a lawyer.

The videos will be posted on our YouTube channelLawCareers.Net site, and social media channels. Our current vlogger, Blessing at the Bar, has some great videos if you would like to check her out for an idea of what we are looking for.

If you are interested, please email the Law Society for further information and how to get in touch with LawCareers.Net.

Undergraduate of the Year Competition (deadline: 30 Jan)

Competition closes on Wednesday 30th January at noon.

Target Jobs partnered with Allen & Overy are searching UK universities to find the most outstanding Future Lawyer of the Year, an innovative and logical thinker who is focused on the future.

Win the chance to work at Allen & Overy and a trip to Europe! The lucky winner will secure four weeks' work experience at FUSE, Allen & Overy's tech innovation hub, and a two-day visit to their Paris or Amsterdam office. In addition to this, upon passing Allen & Overy's technical assessment, you will also be considered for their summer vacation scheme or training contract. 

One Essex Court – Women at the Commercial Bar Open Day (deadline 28 Feb)

One Essex Court is a leading set of barristers’ Chambers, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Their work embraces all aspects of domestic and international trade, commerce and finance.

Over the last few years, they have realised that fewer women than they would like are applying for a career at the commercial Bar, and in response have organised a series of events to encourage women to consider a career at the Bar. As part of this ongoing programme, we are offering an Open Day on 28 February 2019 to allow students to learn more about life at the commercial Bar for women. This builds on our 2017 Open Day, which was a very successful event, and the Panel Discussions we held in 2016 and 2018. 

The Open Day, which will be hosted by barristers and clerks from One Essex Court, will include talks and advice sessions, interactive activities and networking opportunities all aimed at providing students with an invaluable insight into the life and work of successful female commercial barristers. The event is open to women and men and to law and non-law students.

One Essex Court welcomes applications from students in any year of undergraduate or postgraduate study and any discipline. 

The application form can be downloaded from their website [here] and must be submitted by 28 January 2019. Consideration will be given to all applications received by that date and up to 40 successful applications will be selected. One Essex Court will notify successful applicants by email by 11 February 2019 and will reimburse reasonable travel expenses. A flyer for the event with a detailed programme for the day is attached.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joanne Huxley at  <OpenDay@oeclaw.co.uk>

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Discuss - Training Programme (deadline: 17 Feb)

Discuss is an exclusive training programme, sponsored by five top City firms and run by Rare, for brilliant students who are interested in City law. The programme is open to students from any discipline in their first year or second year of a four year course at any university. The programme is aimed at students from lower socioeconomic status groups. For example, students who have been in receipt of free schools meals or have experienced other forms of social disadvantage.

Competition for vacation scheme places is fiercer than ever. The application and interview processes are rigorous. Top law firms use a range of assessments including ability tests, case studies and one-on-one commercial awareness interviews. These assessments measure ability but inevitably, having confidence and social capital can give students an advantage. The programme aims to enable Discuss students to develop their enormous potential.

Participants receive individual support from our expert coaches including Cary Kochberg, former partner at Hogan Lovells; Melissa Andrewes, former Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance lawyer; Andrew Lilley, former managing partner of Travers Smith; Julianna Barnaby, former associate at Travers Smith and Carly Gilberg, former associate at Allen & Overy and Graduate Recruitment Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills. In these sessions, students will be challenged to enhance their knowledge of and ability to talk about complex commercial, economic and political issues in a confident manner. These sessions will prepare you, not just for the application and interview process, but for a successful career in commercial law. Participants will also attend a series of group sessions. The group sessions will take place at the offices of the five participating firms.

All travel expenses will be paid.The programme is very competitive and the grade requirements are strict. You will need AAB or equivalent at A-Level, or at least 34 IB points. We will take into account contextual information and mitigating circumstances. 

Interested students should apply between 14 January and 17 February 2019.

“How-to” Series: Mini-Pupillage

Applying to mini-pupillages can be daunting, especially when you don’t really understand what a mini-pupillage is, and you don’t really understand what is required of you. 

Use the guide attached below to help you understand the process of your mini-pupillage application,  along with a spreadsheet (in Excel and Google Spreadsheet format) on mini-pupillage applications and their timeline.

SOAS Bar Society Rose Heilbron Moot (deadline 18 Jan)

The SOAS Bar Society is pleased to announce the Rose Heilbron Moot 2019, a competition honouring the late Dame Rose Heilbron QC, an impressive woman of many ‘firsts’ in the law world, including first woman to sit at the Old Bailey, first woman to lead a murder case, and first woman to win a scholarship at Gray’s Inn. In honour of her, the SOAS Bar Society is organising the annual Rose Heilbron Moot. 

 The dates of the three rounds will be as follows: 

Monday the 28th of January; 

Monday the 4th of February; 

Monday the 18th of February (Final). 

 The Society is organising a range of inspiring people to judge you, in order to honour the legacy of the Moot’s namesake. 

 If you are interested in participating as a mooter, please send a CV and a short motivational statement to soasbarsoc@soas.ac.uk by Friday the 18th of January. We strongly encourage you to apply, as this is a one-of-a-kind competition unlike any moot you have previously encountered! 

 If you have any questions, please direct them to our email address, and we will be happy to answer any queries you might have.

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Qualify as a U.S. Attorney with Barbri- Taster Session (14 Jan)

Monday, 14 January. 6-8pm.

In University of Liverpool London (33 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AG).

Did you know that you could study to take the U.S Bar exam right here in the UK via a flexible range of options? 

Whether you are intending to study to sit a U.S. Bar examination, or interested in studying U.S. law and practice to further your personal development you can join our BARBRI Taster Session. 

This event will give you the chance to ask us any questions relating to our programmes and the U.S. Bar examinations along with covering systematic problem solving. 

To have a first hand experience of the programme, please sign up here http://ocply.co/barbri-18-19-soas-tastersession

For further information please contact the Barbri Campus Ambassador, Yelena Zagloul 635842@soas.ac.uk

King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong 2019 Vacation Clerkship Program (deadline: Jan 22)

King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong office has opened applications for our 2019 vacation clerkship program.  

Applications are online through our portal and the deadline is 22 January 2019.

A list of the principals of the firm may be obtained from our website: www.kwm.com
King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong is a member firm of the King & Wood Mallesons network.
See kwm.com for more information.


Opportunity for Law graduates or postgraduates students within the assets management industry

An excellent opportunity has come up for a law graduate or a postgraduate student to join MJ Hudson on a 6 month fixed term contract to assist the CEO with the production of a book, focusing on the asset management industry, in particular, investment funds.

There may be an option to be considered for a training contract with the Firm, on completion of the fixed term contract.  

If interested, please contact Emma-Louise Curley, Associate at People and Wellbeing at MJ Hudson and see this link for further information.

Volunteering opportunities in Greece with Advocates Abroad

Please find below a message from Jalal:

"I am currently taking a 1 year sabbatical and working on an informal education/community project for refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Greece with which I've been involved on and off for a number of years now. We have a community cafeteria in North Greece, and one of the services we facilitate is legal advice through an excellent organisation called Advocates Abroad. They send volunteers who are either qualified lawyers or law students to run drop-in clinics in our cafeteria as well as other locations in the region.

I know they are currently short of volunteers, and I thought I would get in touch in case you think some of your students might be interested in volunteering with them. The work is demanding, but doubtless provides a unique insight into the challenges stemming from current legal framework for asylum in Europe.

If you would like an introduction to somebody in Advocates Abroad to discuss further, just let me know and I'd be happy to oblige.

If there are students who are interested in working in our project in a teaching or community work capacity, feel free to put them in touch with me."


If you are interested, please contact Jalal on jalal@openculturalcenter.org

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LawCareers.net Student Law Societies Awards (deadline 11 Jan 2019)

This academic year we hope that our society will take part in the LawCareers.Net Student Law Societies Awards. In order for this to happen, we need your support! Please complete this survey to nominate us: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SLSAwards19Members

Please note that every student law society member who submits a survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher. We need at least thirty submissions to be nominated, so please encourage your friends to complete the survey. 

The deadline for submissions of the survey is Friday, 11th January 2018. 

SOAS Law Ball (25 Jan 2019)

It's that time of year again! Get your ball gowns and suits out of your closet for the annual SOAS Law Ball. Held at an amazing location unlike any other, expect an evening of dancing, talking, eating and drinking! 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS (all tickets are the same price for law/non-law and SOAS/non-SOAS students): £24

Early Bird Tickets run out on the 9th of January 2019

Dress code: Black Tie.

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SOAS Connect

SOAS Connect is our brand new eMentoring platform which is designed to help connect SOAS Students and Alumni. 

This could be anything from a few emails or checking a CV/application, to meeting face to face or even offering work experience.

This also gives an opportunity for both students and alumni to connect with one another and have open discussions about the opportunities and questions that we all face once we graduate!

Students can sign up here: https://www.soasconnect.net/