The article covers events when the hard border was in place during the 1968-1998 Troubles, recounting how armed British soldiers boarded school buses conveying schoolchildren between schools between the border, the Provisional IRA (PIRA) planting improvised explosive devices at border points targeting British soldiers and the violence and shootings by PIRA and the British Army.
Hannah Ross is a newly qualified solicitor who has recently joined the Stowe Family Law Leeds office. She specialises primarily in private law children’s matters but is now learning the ropes in relation to financial proceedings as part of divorce. She completed her LLB BA (Hons) at Leeds Beckett University before moving on to complete her LPC and finally obtain that elusive training contract in 2016.
On 27 February 2019, the Legal Services Board approved the Bar Standards Board’s proposals for Future Bar Training. These proposals centred on two main reforms: first, the introduction of new training routes to qualification known as ‘managed pathways’; and second, slight changes to the BSB’s oversight of the Inns of Court.
As an academic who qualified as a solicitor after studying the LLB at Leeds Law School myself I was keen to be involved with the Law Career Mentor Scheme. I remember feeling anxious as a student about how, or if, I would ever obtain a coveted training contract. The training contract was an essential if I was to reach my ambition of becoming a qualified solicitor. Although I did not take the traditional route, I did succeed in my ambition and I have since been dedicated to encouraging and supporting students who also aim for a professional legal career.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the way you qualify as a solicitor. Instead of doing a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) or conversion course like the Graduate Diploma in Law followed by the Legal Practice Course and a Training Contract, you will instead follow a state process. This blog posts provides some brief information on what we know about the proposals so far and what to look out for when making decisions about your pathway.
Assessment/Exam season is nearly here. It’s easy to get caught up in the anxiety and pressure and the whirlwind that is the last set of lectures and workshops, revision sessions and assessment information. And then before you know it, it’s over and you’ve not done as well as you wanted to or could have done. In this short post I want to offer some thoughts on getting through the assessment period in one piece.
Starting my role as a Graduate Teaching Assistant last year, I admit that I was apprehensive about my ability to do the job well. Aside from a voluntary stint teaching teenagers at a summer camp in 2000, I had very little classroom experience, and as my first seminar approached, I sought the advice of more seasoned colleagues: “What if I get asked difficult questions?” I babbled, convinced every fresher would outsmart me on the nuances of the Royal Prerogative. I was assured that this would not be the case.
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