Ping pong with BCLP (Nov 19)

19th November 2018, 18:00 - 22:00 at Bounce Farringdon.

Tired of the usual boring law firm presentation evening? 

The BCLP Brand Ambassadors (Evelina, Saeed & Sarah) are inviting 20 students from SOAS to an innovative networking experience at Bounce Farringdon! Come and meet BCLP trainees, lawyers graduate recruitment team and your peers from UCL, KCL, and QMUL whilst taking playing ping pong with complementary canapes and drinks. 

You will also have the opportunity to win a prize as part of a ping pong competition.

SOAS students must register here. Please note that this event is subject to the SOAS Law Society non-attendance policy. Please ensure that you only register if you intend to attend. 

For further information, please find the Facebook event page here

Pro Bono Opportunities Spreadsheet

Please find attached a spreadsheet of Pro Bono opportunities. This spreadsheet will be updated monthly with additional organisations and vacancies as they are advertised. While this document is not exhaustive of all the organisations out there, we hope that it might help direct you as much as possible to the kinds of pro bono organisations and charities you can get involved with.

 If you have any questions about the document or the application process, please feel free to contact the Pro Bono Officer!

Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize


The Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize is an exciting opportunity for law and non-law students to demonstrate their commercial and legal skills in an African context and have the chance to win a substantial prize.

Africa is an increasingly important part of Slaughter and May’s practice. Many of the firm’s clients have operations in African jurisdictions and it is frequently necessary for the firm to find solutions to challenging legal issues in Africa, in collaboration with outstanding local law firms across the continent.  Slaughter and May also provide advice to various African governments.

In light of this, the Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize is intended to stimulate debate among university students around the important issues to which African commerce and law give rise.


Applicants are asked to submit a response to one of the following two questions:

Do African countries benefit from the International Criminal Court?

Or

During Theresa May’s first trip to the continent as prime minister, May said “But I am also unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the UK. So today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty, but at the same time tackle global challenges and support our own national interest.” Is it legitimate for the UK to tie development spending to its national interest?  

A panel of Slaughter and May partners and guests will judge the competition. The winners will receive the following prizes:

·First prize: £2,000 and work placement at Slaughter and May

·Second prize:£1,000

·Third prize: £500

The deadline for entries is Friday 11 January 2019.

To enter the competition please click HERE to complete the form and upload your essay submission.

For more information, please click HERE.

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DiversCity with BCLP (Nov 26)

Are you an LGBT* student interested in a career in commercial law?

For the eighth year running Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) will be participating in DiversCity, on Monday 26 November, with the biggest line up of law firms to date! This year’s line-up includes Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, BLP, Clifford Chance, Gowling WLG, HSF, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Millbank, Olswang, Pinsent Masons, RPC, Reed Smith, Slaughter & May, Taylor Wessing and White & Case.

This is a one-day event where you will get the opportunity to meet with a range of law firms. If you would like to attend please submit your application by Friday 16 November via this link.

 Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed. For more information about the event visit https://diverscityinlaw.net/ 

SOAS Bar Society Meet & Greet (14th November 2018)

From 18:00 to 19:30, Law Lab (Learning Lab SH)

The SOAS Bar Society is hosting its annual meet and greet session on Wednesday 14th November from 6 -7:30 pm in the Senate House Law Learning Lab. Come along for some delicious snacks and drinks, meet the committee members, learn more about the Bar Society and get some insight into the life at the Bar from an exciting guest speaker from Lincoln’s Inn. We hope to see you there!

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Three steps to improve your commercial awareness - BPP Workshop

Nov 14

From 17:00 to 19:00, in Law Lab (Learning Lab Senate House)

Enhance your commercial awareness, develop your negotiation skills and get into the topic everyone is talking about: legal tech. Three key skills-hits in once action-packed interactive session. The session will be delivered by Sarah Burr.

Sarah Burr qualified as a solicitor in 2002 into commercial property. Sarah worked on a broad range of commercial property matters including landlord and tenant asset management work, site acquisitions and disposals on behalf of developers, property companies and institutional investors.  Sarah joined BPP University Law School in 2008 and has taught across various LPC programmes (full time, part time and the accelerated course). Sarah teaches on the LPC and Legal Apprenticeship programme and is joint module leader of the Commercial Property in Practice Paralegal Apprenticeship course. 

To participate please register here.

SOAS Law Society Committee Application

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How to apply:

If you are interested in applying, please email your CV alongside a Cover Letter at lawsociety@soas.ac.uk. The Cover Letter shall include:

1. Candidate’s name

2. Student number and year of study

3. Position you are applying for

4. Short paragraph (no more than 250 words) explaining why you think you are suitable for the position

The deadline for the application is 13th October. Our Committee will review the applications. The shortlisted candidates notified shortly and interviewed on 15th-17th October.

Take some time to consider which position is best suited to your current experiences and skill set. Should you require any further clarity, do not hesitate to get into contact with us. Please ensure that you understand the level of commitment expected from each position before you apply for the roles. Despite the extra responsibility, the work is very rewarding, and the leadership position will certainly reflect well on your CV!

Wishing you all the best in your application!

Dear First-Year Students

1st Year Toolkit

by Anna Csepanyi


Dear First-Year Students,

 Welcome to SOAS, and congratulations on being accepted into one of the most unique and interesting Law schools of the country! Your time at SOAS will be possibly some of the best years of your life, where you will grow as a person, learn a lot, and explore what you would like to do later with your degree. It can be a daunting task, and many first years are not familiar with how an English Law degree works, how to study effectively, and what your options are once you are finished, so to help make your first few weeks at SOAS as easy as possible, we have compiled a set of useful descriptions and guides for you to help understand these a little better.

What is a barrister?

The two main career paths that you can take after your degree are becoming either a barrister or a solicitor. Barristers specialise in representing clients in the courtroom. They have to present their client’s case before the jury and the judges, and persuade them to rule in favour of their client, or give them a more favourable judgment at least. They are skilled public speakers, and have extended knowledge of case law and legislation.

In order to become a barrister, you will first need to have a qualifying Law degree (such as the LLB, or study any other non-law degree and take the one-year Graduate Diploma in Law). After that, you will have to take the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) at a higher education institution in the UK, and join one of the four Inns of Court. During your BPTC, you will learn key skills needed for becoming a barrister, and will receive the qualifications that allow you to practise law. When you are done with your BPTC, you will be called to the bar, and will be able to officially begin your legal career.

What is a solicitor?

 Solicitors are legal practitioners who will usually be the first person people turn to when they are seeking legal advice. They have a more direct relationship with their clients than barristers do, and they usually guide a client through every problem that they may face, but will not represent them in court. They also are trained in drafting contracts, wills, and other administrative matters. They often instruct barristers on how to represent their client, too.

To become a solicitor, you will first need to have a qualifying law degree, (such as the LLB, or study any other non-law degree, and take the one-year Graduate Diploma in Law). Afterwards, you have to do a training course called the LPC (Legal Practice Course), in which you have to study both areas of law, such as Business Law, and take courses in skills that will prove useful during your career as a solicitor, such as Drafting documents. Once you are done with your LPC, you have to do a two-year training with a firm. After that, you will officially be allowed to practice as a solicitor.

Do I have to work in commercial law?

No! Of course not. Many people who attend SOAS do not wish to enter into the field of commercial law – instead, they end up in other areas of law, such as Criminal, Family, Immigration, or Human Rights. They often work for NGOs, charities, and potentially even various government bodies, like the Home Department. Keep an eye out for articles in which we will explore non-commercial options after finishing your Law degree!

Do I have to become a solicitor or a barrister?

No, you don’t have to. Many people choose to, but that doesn’t mean that you have to do it too. Other career paths include, but aren’t limited to: academic research, paralegal, in-house advisor, legal secretary, law enforcement, legal publishing, and many others. We will try our best throughout the year to include as many different career options in our articles as possible, so that you will have a more rounded picture of what your future might entail.

Who can help me?

First of all – we know that this can be a lot to take in at once. It can be hard to start university, and it often proves to be a difficult time for many, but it doesn’t have to be!

The SOAS Law Society is here to help you. We organise many events throughout the year, which will help you understand the legal world a little better, explore your career options, and meet new people. We will be here for you to try and make the transition from college to university a bit easier. Feel free to approach us and talk to us anytime.

You will also have a personal advisor, who is a teacher and tutor in the Law school. They are there for you to help you with any questions, problems, and issues that you might have throughout the year. It is highly recommended that you meet with them at least once per term.

The Student Hub in the Paul Webley Wing is able to tell you exactly where everything is, and who you should turn to if you have a problem within the SOAS administration system, with your module sign up, or just generally do not know who would be able to help you out. You usually do not need to make an appointment with them, and they are open during teaching time, on week days.

Your coursemates will also be a good support system for you, as well as your friends from outside of the course. They might offer you not only emotional support, but also academic support. You can organise study sessions, which we find to be extremely useful in preparation for tutorials and exams. Make sure that you have a support system to rely on, for it can drastically change how your university experience turns out.

Lastly, the Student Advice and Wellbeing centre will be able to help you with personal, mental health, and just general advice issues. They can help you with most things that you might face throughout your time at SOAS, and they can even provide you with free counselling sessions. Also, they sometimes bring in puppies and provide free massages too, which are a godsend especially during exam season.

How can I study effectively?

You should try to utilise as much of the study spaces at SOAS and at your home as possible. Very often people struggle to study in their rooms, as it is too comfortable and they get carried away by doing what they normally would (aka browsing the internet and not studying) instead of using their study time for what they wanted to do. It can be helpful to study in new environments, such as the SOAS Library, which has many books that you may find helpful; the Senate House library, which has very comfortable sofas and loads of seating; the Learning Hub in the Paul Webley Wing, where you can chat with your coursemates and exchange ideas; or just any nearby café to fuel your brain.

Finding the study guides, books, and online resources that work for you are also vital. Many basic terms will be unfamiliar to you, so getting a Legal Dictionary can be helpful if you would like to avoid online dictionaries, which can give you the wrong meaning of the word that you are looking for. Getting good study guides, such as LawExpress or Nutshell Cases can help you too, because they provide the same material as what you study in your classes (but with shorter, less detailed explanations), and they are worded differently – sometimes, the only thing you need is for someone to describe the same concept in a different way.

There are many online video tutorials available for your core modules, which can be great for when you are too tired to read anymore. They are often done by legal professionals, who teach or used to teach at universities, and can be a great way of understanding new concepts.

And lastly, utilise websites like Westlaw as much as you can! As easy as it sounds to just read the cases on Wikipedia, the information there isn’t as reliable as the ones on professional legal websites. You will be able to read whole cases on such websites, including the judges’ commentary on the case, which will be a good way to show that you actually understand the case. You can also find legislation there, with explanation on whether the legislation is still enforced or not.

We know that studying Law is so different than what many of you have done before, but it is honestly one of the most exciting subjects that you could’ve chosen to study. We are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible throughout the year, and wish you the best of luck!

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Welcome and Welcome Back!

A very warm welcome and welcome back to the freshers and returning students respectively. We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable summer.

This year, the SOAS Law Society has prepared a variety of workshops, competitions, networking events, socials and many more for you. We wish to help and equip you with the necessary skillsets as well as opportunities to enter the professional world. We would also like to make your time at SOAS much more enjoyable and fulfilling throughout.

For more information, please visit our booth at the Freshers' Fayre this Friday, 28th September.

We wish you a successful year ahead, and we look forward to meeting you all of you very soon!

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ELECTION RESULTS - SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee

Many thanks to all who have voted and partaken in selecting their preferred candidates for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee!

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After a charged electoral process, we are pleased to announce the successful candidates are: 

President: Ancuta Faur

Vice President: Shu Cean Chua

Treasurer: Tashfina Zina Rahman

Alumni Relations Officer: Anna Csepanyi

Socials Officer: Khadija Sukhera

Pro Bono Officer: Ellen Allde

Careers Officer: Marina Filina

Bar Officer: Cecelia Kustermann

Non-Law Officer: Anahita Parsa

Congratulations to the elected committee! We wish you the very best over the coming year!

VOTE NOW! SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee

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We are pleased to announce that elections are now open for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee! 

Many thanks to all who have nominated themselves and provided manifestos! 

You can view manifestos and vote for your preferred candidates using the following link: https://ble.soas.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11945

If you are interested in voting (including non-law students), please follow the following instructions: 

  1. Follow this link: https://ble.soas.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11945
  2. If you are not enrolled on this page, click 'Click here to enrol' to self-enrol yourself onto this page. 
  3. Scroll down to the 'Law Society 2018/19' header to view the candidates' manifestos and use the voting link to submit your vote.  

Deadline for votes: 12:00PM Tuesday, 20 March 2018.

We wish you all the best with voting and the electoral process generally, may the best candidates win!

The Age of Human Rights is Over

Chair's Note:

From Conspiracy Theories to Demanding Millenials... Human Rights is not something that can be fit into a timeline with the word ‘Age’ #sorrynotsorry – I think it is safe to say that the evening confirmed that Age of Human Rights is most certainly NOT Over! A special thank you to our Panellists for an inspiring debate!

Best Wishes,

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Khokhar Solicitors Training Opportunity

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Khokhar Solicitors is a Solicitors Law Firm Specialist in multi area of law in England & Wales we are looking for trainees.

We are friendly but hard working team, very dedicated and most importantly very passionate about our work.

The ideal candidate we are seeking may be potentially considered for a permanent position subject to satisfactory progress. Our structured two-year Recognised Training Period Programme focuses on building the technical and business skills that are fundamental for trainees to become a successful solicitor. The number and variety of seats available across our office gives the opportunity to gain a real breadth and depth of work during the training contract, meaning that the trainee would do not feel pressured to select an area of specialism too early in their  career.

Structure of Training
The Trainees will spend time in different practice areas and they will be encouraged to spend time in each of different departments. That said, we are flexible, and will work with them to tailor their training contract to suit their preferences, alongside the needs of the business.  The trainee will be allocated a supervisor who will support, encourage and supervise the trainee during his/her seat with them.  The Trainees will also have access to a 'buddy' who will guide them through their training contract and help them feel at home from day one.  

The level of responsibility given to our trainees is high. Trainees will be running their own files, working in a team on bigger transactions and experiencing client contact on the phone and in meetings, making them an integral part of the team, from very early on.

We recruit to retain and view our trainees as our future Associates, and as such we are dedicated to our trainees' successful development. As well as supporting you through their  PSC exams, they  will also receive training on financial and business awareness, how to make the most of your training contract, communication and people skills, and marketing and networking. Once their training contract is complete, they will continue to have access to be spoke development programmes and opportunities at every stage of their career.

Our Trainee Development Programme will offer you:

  • A training contract based in South West London.
  • Coaching and support on a one-to-one basis in relation to develop skills in legal field. 
  • A structured internal development programme aimed at developing the trainee to become a fully- rounded professional
  • Opportunities to attend various legal events outside the firm
  • Opportunity to be part of a sector group where you will have responsibility for cross-selling, generating business development ideas and hosting/attending relevant events

We cover the following area of law

  • Immigration
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Wills & Probate
  • Landlord and Tenant Law

We are pleased to offer a Training contract to those who are determined to become successful solicitors. 

Those who are interested to work with us, please forward their CV at info@khokharsolicitors.uk we will get back to the interested candidates as soon as possible. 

Interested in Maybank's Global Apprentice Programme?

Calling all students in the UK! Have you heard about the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme?

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The Global Maybank Apprentice Programme is Maybank’s award-winning management trainee programme for graduates, a specially designed two-year on-the-job rotation programme which includes a three-month international assignment for graduates to experience the different functions within the bank. On the Programme, you will enjoy:

·         A formal 2-year-on-the-job rotation to gain maximum exposure in all relevant areas for career development and personal growth.

·         Tailored on-the-job rotations for a holistic learning experience.

·         Enhancing leadership skills among others via involvement in group-wide special projects.

·         International Assignments to immerse Global Maybank Apprentices in global network operations.

·         Experiential learning through CR initiatives, project management and presentation to top management.

·         Face-to-face development interventions where a dedicated coach and mentor is assigned to guide Global Maybank Apprentices throughout their journey.

·         Option for specialisation via GMAP Plus.

Think you are GMAP material? Learn more here, and take up the challenge: sign up on http://bit.ly/roaringcareers. You may just be roaring your way into our award-winning management trainee programme!

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2018

PIEL UK (Public Interest Environmental Law) 12th Annual Conference, 6 April PIEL UK’s (Public Interest Environmental Law) Conference is set to be held at Cass Business School, London on 6th April 2018.

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For their 12th annual conference, they will explore the theme ‘Environmental Litigation: ‘Has the Green Revolution Reached the Courts’ through three panels: Environmental Rights and Justice, Liability of Multinational Corporations and Government Accountability for Emissions Reductions. PIEL UK will host a day of thoughtful and engaging panel discussions and networking opportunities. The conference presents an exciting opportunity to hear from the most distinguished of practitioners, academics and journalist working within the field of environmental advocacy and public interest litigation.

The student tickets are £5 and includes entry to our conference, with lunch and coffee provided, and a proceeding drinks reception. For more information on who they are, their speakers for this year’s conference and how to buy tickets please see the attached brochure.

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THE AGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IS OVER

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Can we still validate the notion from Kofi Annan in 2000, that this is the Age of Human Rights? Or do the global atrocities committed since 2000 speak otherwise?

Some Scholars argue that Human Rights are simply a locomotive for the White Saviour Complex. Others, that the highpoint of Human Rights occurred in the end of the Cold War and opened up a window of opportunity for Human Rights advocates to push for the implementation of International Law and the creation of global courts. But was this just a brief hiatus? Why has ISIL not been held accountable for Human Rights Abuses? Why has Bashar-Al-Assad not been tried in a court of law?

Is it then safe to say that States use the term Human Rights as a way to manipulate foreign policy however they seem fit? Has the UN failed to fulfil its promise? With the scandalous US President what will happen to the Age of Human Rights? 

It is with great pleasure that the SOAS Law Society invites you to a Debate Panel Discussion upon the notion ‘The Age of Human Rights is Over.’ on Friday 9th March 2018 in the BGLT from 7pm-8:30pm. The event will be followed by a Drinks Reception in the Brunei Suite. 
 

Keina Yoshida, Doughty Street Chambers
Keina practices in the areas of Media Law, Inquests and Public Inquiries, Actions against the Police and Court of Protection.  She also specialises in international human rights law. She is currently junior counsel acting on behalf of a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. During the summer she was junior counsel in the Foster v McNicol case representing the Labour Party.

Keina has particular expertise in women’s human rights, including VAWG, CEDAW, sexual and reproductive rights and LGBT rights. She is part of the Doughty Street International team and sits as an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. 
 

Moataz El Fegiery, Front Line Defenders
Moataz El Fegiery is the protection coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Front Line Defenders, El Fegiery was the executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) , MENA deputy director of the International Centre for Transitional Justice and senior teaching fellow in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was also a research fellow at the Foundation of International Relations and Dialogue (FRIDE). El Fegiery is the treasurer and member at the executive committee of the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network since 2006 and board member of CIHRS. He is the author of Islamic Law, Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).
 

Jurate Guzeviciute, International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute
Jurate is a lawyer with nine years of experience in national and international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law work. Currently Jurate works for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, where she covers the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Before joining IBAHRI Jurate worked as a Legal Director at the human rights NGO in Lithuania, where she managed legal programmes and supervised litigation work. Jurate has lead strategic litigation on domestic violence, discrimination, disability rights, inclusive education, rights of unaccompanied minors (illegal detention), hate speech, etc. She has conducted research into rights of hate crime victims, gender equality, state guaranteed legal aid. Jurate holds an LL.M. degree in Public International Law from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a Master of Laws degree from Vilnius University (Lithuania).
Jurate has also worked with a defence team at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and interned at the DG Humanitarian Aid at the European Commission in Brussels.


Chair: Rushnay Sikander (Non-Law Officer) 
 

Register here for a ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-age-of-human-rights-is-over-tickets-43705031927  

Nominations for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 are Open!

It has been a busy year and we hope that we have provided you all with opportunities to engage with us and that you have made the most of such opportunities!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the SOAS Law Society's 2018/19 committee are now open. A document containing 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 are open to either LLB Law students or BA Law and ... students. The role of Non-Law officer is open to BA or BSc students across all departments at SOAS. 
  • All roles are restricted to students in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th (where applicable) years. Students who are currently in their 1st year of study, who will be in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years by the 2018/19 academic year are welcome to apply. 
  • The role of President is only open to 3rd year students. 
  • The role of Technology Officer should desirably have website and graphic design skills. 

Deadline for nominations: 11 March, 2018.

Elections will be open from 12 March, 2018 until 22 March, 2018. Following this, the current (2017/18) committee will hand over all SOAS Law Society functions to the incoming (2018/19) committee. 

Best of luck to the nominees! 

Redress

Thanks to all of you who attended yesterday's human rights careers event with the fantastic speakers from the London human rights organisation, REDRESS!

If you are interested in applying for internships, please visit this page: https://redress.org/about/work-at-redress/internships/

Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at lawsociety@soas.ac.uk or Sara Alqamish! 😀