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Law Ball

Law Ball tickets are on sale NOW! Buy your ticket online from the Students’ Union Ents page or from Advance in Union South. Tickets are £50 for Law Society members and £55 for non-members.

Note: Paper tickets will be available for all ticket holders in Term 2.

February 24, 2007 at the picturesque Chesford Grange Hotel

Enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal, wine, live entertainment and dancing all night. Warwick’s own Jaffa Rose will open the night. The main act will be announced in Term 2. Past acts have included Nate James, Jamelia, Liberty X and Trevor Nelson.

An elegant and exciting night for you and your friends.

Tickets go on sale in Week 5, Term 1. There are limited tickets, so buy early to ensure you don’t miss the best night of the year!

Drama

Note: This project is not run by the Law Society, so please contact the person in charge of this project.

“Justice, Colourful”

This is a project that aims to dramatize legal cases. We will be producing films that recreate leading law cases to facilitate legal learning. If you want to take part in this project please come by to talk to us at the Societies Fayre on Thursday or Friday. You can participate either by acting, helping out with the production and there’ll be some other tasks that we’ll also need help with. This is a great opportunity to take part in an innovative project…and also having a great time!! We will be supported by the Law School and its staff, so no need to worry if you’re not experienced! We look forward in seeing you soon at the Fayre!

Contact Lucas Bento on 07810553111 or [email protected] for further details.

Pro Bono

Custom Papers Writers” derives from the Latin meaning “for the good”. The phrase is used to describe legal work undertaken voluntarily.

Getting involved in pro bono gives students the chance to gain a greater understanding of how the legal system works in practice, something that cannot be gained by merely studying law. As these projects offer a vital service to the community, pro bono work also gives students the chance to give something back to society. Obviously this type of work looks great on your CV. It is a good way to demonstrate key skills that employers look for, such as communication, leadership and team work.

This year, the Law Society has more projects running than ever before, which means we want as many people volunteering as possible. The amount of time and commitment needed varies with each project. However, as many people rely on the services that these projects offer, anybody getting involved must be prepared to honour their obligations throughout the year.

This page will be updated regularly to let you know of any upcoming presentations or new projects. Emails with this information will also be sent to Law Society members. If you would like to receive this information but are not a member, please contact Jane Randell.

Please also contact Jane if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a project. Alternatively you could email the project leaders directly (click on the project link for details).

Coventry Refugee Centre

The centre was set up in 2001 to deal with the many refugees being dispersed to Coventry. The Asylum Team offers practical assistance to those seeking leave to remain, helping individuals understand the process and ensuring that they are getting the support they are entitled to. The centre also offers assistance to those who have been granted refugee status, providing help with accommodation and settling into the community. Students are involved in all of these areas, providing essential support to meet the ever increasing demand for help.

Street Law

The legal system has a huge impact on everybody’s life yet many people know little about the issues that can directly affect them. This project enables students to go in to local schools to discuss areas of law that may be of relevance to the pupils, with the aim of demystifying the process. The classes are interactive and encourage critical thinking of the topics discussed.

Victim Support

This organisation provides support for those who have recently become victims of crime. The volunteers make house calls to provide practical and emotional support to help individuals cope with traumatic events. Volunteers are offered extensive training to assist victims at this crucial time, with students gaining a greater understanding of the criminal legal system.

St Oswald’s Advice Centre

This project has been set up in a deprived area of Coventry to offer legal assistance to the community. The centre has only one permanent staff member and therefore relies entirely on Warwick students to provide support.

Warwick Legal Advice Centre

This is a new project for September and different from many legal advice centres. It provides education and information to the local community on legal issues so that individuals have the knowledge to avoid legal problems occurring rather than waiting for a problem to arise before taking action. Students will give talks in community centres, produce leaflets and distribute posters to ensure people are getting the most out of the legal system.

Justice Project

This is another new initiative designed to help those who have been victims of miscarriages of justice. Students, working closely with lecturers and solicitors, will research into the evidence or law regarding a specific individual’s case with the aim of getting the case re heard. Several high profile miscarriages of justice have recently been brought to the public’s attention and demonstrate how crucial legal support is for those individuals wrongly imprisoned.

If you would like to apply for the project, you will need to fill in an application form. This can be found here. It will need to be completed and returned to Andrew Williams by email by the 24th November 2006.

To find out more information about some upcoming projects please click here.

Mooting

Sign up for the Internal Mooting Competition

A Moot is a mock trial where two teams compete by arguing a fictitious legal case in front of a Judge in a court (usually this is simply a seminar room). The case (“moot problem”) will concern various contentious legal issues and points of law. It is then up to the two teams, the Respondents and the Appellants, to present their side of the case to the judge.

In deciding the outcome of a moot, the Judge looks at how well the case has been researched, how well the research has been applied to the facts of the case and how accurately the relevant laws have been interpreted. However, although the Judge places significance on the specific law, the skills of advocacy and persuasion that each team employs are the deciding factor in choosing the winner. This means that the law may not be in your favour, but if your argument is compelling enough you can still win the moot!

This can sound all a bit daunting at first, but we are here to show you that mooting can not only be great fun but can improve several indispensable skills such as public speaking, persuasion, research and critical thinking.

We will be holding many mooting related events throughout the next year, including a demonstration moot and mooting seminar in week one, an internal competition starting in term two (there is a cash prize involved here!) and external moots with other Universities. We will also be holding various drinks receptions at these events for you to get to know your fellow mooters and mooting officers. In addition we hope to hold a mooting drop-in session during the internal competition, so we can offer you any advice you may need. Exact details of all these events will be posted in the Law School and on the website in due course.

As your mooting officers we are here to help you so please feel free to contact us.

Anna Stubley and Sapna Modi

Internal Affairs and Welfare

As the Internal Affairs and Welfare Officer it is my job to look after the well being of the members of the Law Society. We at the Law Society are always trying to bring more opportunities and support for our members. Get help of the Best essay writer online.

This year Internal Affairs and Welfare has many new exciting projects:

A major aspect of my job is to start and maintain the mentoring scheme. This scheme pairs up a current student (the Mentor) with a new student (the Mentee) and is meant to act as a system of support and help with issues ranging from module choices, essays to personal issues. The scheme has worked very successfully in the past and this year we hope to improve and expand on it.

Student Problem Time

I will be available in the Law School Common Room from 1-2pm on Mondays to answer any problems that students may have. These problems can include any issues that you would prefer not to discuss with your Personal Tutor/ Mentor or issues you would like brought to the attention of the Law Society. I will now be representing the Law Society in the SSLC, so you can come and see me to highlight any issues you would like to be discussed in these meetings. Alternatively, you can just come and chat! If you can not make it within this time, email any problems and I can reply by email or meet with you at a more convenient time. Hopefully there will also be a box where sensible (!) questions can be posted that I can email replies to or refer you to the appropriate person.

Common Room Refurbishment

Please email any changes or additions to the Common Room that you would like to see. Already ideas have included a water cooler, recycling bin and a coffee machine. This is your space so make it one you want!

Book Sale Money

The deadline for claiming Book Sale Money has now passed. If you have a genuine reason why you have not been able to collect your money in the past three weeks, please email me.

Mentoring Scheme Pub Quiz

Sunday 19th November, 7pm in The Graduate Club. £200 worth of prizes! Free to enter! Easy questions! An open Bar! How can you resist!!! Thanks to the kind support of our new sponsor, Addleshaw Goddard.

In the Spring Term the Law society is going to organise the first Module Choice Day. Students and Staff will come together to discuss the module options and you can gain more information from all points of view before you make those important module decisions! This will offer a more detailed and personal guide than the Module Choice Booklet.

We are also working on providing a forum for discussion on issues that are important to you along with having a better dialogue with the Law School. There are several ways by which you can participate in this forum so watch this space for more news. Here’s hoping you have a fantastic year!

Your Internal Affairs and Welfare Officer

Sarah Rogers

Warwick Law Cinema

Week 10 Film

  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • Tuesday 5 December
  • Room H.051
  • 6.30pm
  • Starring Reese Witherspoon
  • Synopsis: A story about a blonde law student at Harvard Law School.
  • There will be an introduction by Rebecca Probert.
  • Warwick Law Cinema began last year and its cause is to screen law-related films every Tuesday evening at 6.30pm in Room H.051 for FREE. A whole host of lecturers are to appear this year as guest speakers to present films by way of an introduction of the legal issues and points of interest in the film. Lecturers will be on hand to answer any questions at the end of the film.

Law Students are encouraged to get involved. It is a both social and educational activity which is an opportunity not to be missed! Students from other disciplines also welcome.

Schedule for the Term

TERM 1 Film Title Guest Speaker
Week 1 – –
Week 2 Legally Blonde (2001) –
Week 3 Rogue Trader (1999) Gary Watt
Week 4 Presumed Innocent (1990) Bill O’Brien
Week 5 Let Him Have It (1991) Roger Leng
Week 6 – –
Week 7 – –
Week 8 The War of The Roses (1989) Rebecca Probert
Week 9 Dead Man Walking Jodie Hemming
Week 10 Legally Blonde (2001) [Re-run] Rebecca Probert
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Helen Dean by email.

Legal Careers Events 2006-07

This list will be regularly updated. To see a full list of Careers Service events, and to sign up for these events, please click here.This list will be regularly updated. To see a full list of Careers Service events, and to sign up for these events, please click here.

Week 1
Norton Rose Graduate Recruitment PresentationWednesday 4 October, 6.30-8.00pm, Panorama Room, Rootes Social Building

Week 2
Nottingham Law School PresentationWednesday 11 October, 6.30-8.00pm, Panorama Room, Rootes Social BuildingJones Day ‘Question Time’Thursday 12 October, 6.30-8.00pm, Panorama Room, Rootes Social BuildingJones Day is a global law firm with a well-established City of London practice. Unlike most other major City law firms, we run a non-rotational training system whereby trainees take work from different departments simultaneously. We also offer two-week vacation schemes to law and non-law students.
To find out more, join us at our “Question Time”
Date: Thursday 12 October 2006Start time: 18:30Venue: Chancellors Suite, Rootes BuildingOpen to: Law and non-law studentsRefreshments: Drinks and buffet receptionNo Dress Code
If you would like to attend the event, please sign up here.
To find out more about Jones Day before the event, please visit our website at www.jonesdaylondon.com/recruit
Week 3
Careers Service ‘Careers in Patent and Trade Mark Law’ SessionMonday 16 October, SIGN UP online with Careers Service.Herbert Smith Graduate Recruitment PresentationMonday 16 October, 6.30-8.00pm, Panorama Room, Rootes Social Building.Lovells ‘Life as a Trainee Solicitor’ Skills SessionTuesday 17 October, 1.00-2.00pm, SIGN UP online with Careers Service.Allen & Overy LLP Graduate Recruitment PresentationTuesday 17 October, 6.30-8.00pm, Chancellors Suite, Rootes Social Building.Allen & Overy LLP is an international legal practice with over 5000 people in 25 centres worldwide. We are renowned for our high quality Finance and Corporate advice but also have major strengths in areas such as Dispute Resolution, Tax, Employment and Real Estate. Within this broad range of expertise we offer a training contract characterised by flexibility and choice.
We recruit 120 trainee solicitors and 100 vacation placement students each year. Applications are welcomed from both law and non-law students.
If you would like to find out more about us please come to our presentation on Tuesday 17th October at 6.30 pm in the Chancellors Suites 1 and 2 in the Rootes Social Building, where you will be able to meet the Graduate Recruitment Partner plus other members of Allen & Overy.
Careers Service ‘BVC in Birmingham’ SessionWednesday 18 October, SIGN UP online with Careers Service.College of Law ‘BVC and Scholarships’ PresentationWednesday 18 October, 2-3pm, Room R0.14, Ramphal Building. SIGN UP online.Nottingham Law School Open EventSaturday 21 October, 9am-4pm. Free transport available from campus.SIGN UP online with Careers Service.Nottingham Law School will be holding the annual LPC, BVC and GDL Open Event on Saturday 21 October 2006. A coach will be provided to transport students between campus and Nottingham. Please sign up with the careers service for a place on the coach.

Week 4
College of Law ‘LPC’ PresentationMonday 23 October, 6.30-7.30pm, Chancellors 2, Rootes. SIGN UP online.Baker & McKenzie Graduate Recruitment PresentationTuesday 24 October, 6.30-9pm, Chancellors Suite, Rootes Social Building.Careers Service ‘OXILP and Shoosmiths’ SessionTuesday 24 October, SIGN UP online with Careers Service.

Week 5
Linklaters Presentation: What does a commercial lawyer do all day?Monday 30 October, Panorama 3 Theatre, Rootes Social Building, 6.30pm.What does a lawyer do on a deal? Or on a daily basis? How do you work with other lawyers? When do you start to meet clients? And how will your career pan out? You can find out answers to all these questions and many others at our presentation. Either turn up on the day or confirm your attendance by emailing [email protected] You can also sign up on the Warwick Careers website.
Keep an eye on our website for other events that could be happening on your campus, you’ll find a diary of events plus blogs from trainees by clicking on LinkNow.
Taylor Wessing Led Interactive WorkshopTuesday 31 October, 12pm, H2.03 (Humanities Building).If you are thinking about what motivates a commercial lawyer and how that works in the real world then you might be interested to attend this workshop. Here Taylor Wessing will be holding an interactive workshop in the form of a business game, as Partners, Associates and current trainees from Taylor Wessing explain and then together with 30 students practice, how to commercially apply and use legal skills and training in a business environment. Examples include how to “sell” legal services and attracting new business; both invaluable skills to be practiced and developed at a commercial law firm such as Taylor Wessing. The event will be followed by drinks on campus as our guests, making this an excellent all-round opportunity to meet lawyers from Taylor Wessing and find out more about their experiences in the legal world.
We are looking for 30 students to take part. To register for this event please SIGN UP online with Careers Service. If you have any questions at all please contact [email protected]
Becoming a Lawyer without a Law Degree – Careers PresentationThursday 2 November, S0.13.Did you know that you can become a lawyer without a law degree? Did you know that employers in the legal profession are very keen to recruit good graduates from ALL disciplines, not just law? This session will help you to find out more about the legal profession, how you qualify without a law degree and what employers are looking for. It doesn’t matter how much you know – or don’t know – about the profession – come along and find out more. If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty and you anticipate needing additional support during the session, please contact the Careers Service in advance. Sign up on the Careers website.College of Law Presentation on Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)Thursday 2 November, 6.30pm, Chancellors 2, Rootes.Thinking about Law?
You don’t need a law degree to follow a career in the law.
This College of Law talk is open to all non-law degree students. It will tell you everything you need to know about the training and job opportunities available in law.
A legally qualified tutor will discuss the Graduate Diploma in Law: a conversion course for non-law graduates and the wide range of legal careers available after completion of the course including the lawyer and barrister routes.
Information will be given on The College of Law careers team and the pro-bono and extra curricular opportunities on offer where you can gain valuable experience and help with your future legal career.
For more information come along on Thursday 2nd November 2006 or visit www.college-of-law.co.uk

Week 6
Oxford Law FairSaturday 11 November. For those interested in the Bar.In recent years Warwick has provided transport to the Oxford Law Fair to those students interested in a career as a barrister. The event will be attended by a considerable number of barristers and chambers, and will be a highly useful stepping stone to a career at the Bar. Please SIGN UP as usual with the Careers Service, and do remember that this event is only open to those considering a career as a barrister.

Week 7
Clifford Chance Graduate Recruitment PresentationMonday 13 November, Rootes Building.Clifford Chance is a truly global law firm, which operates as one organisation throughout the world. Our aim is to provide the highest quality professional advice by combining technical expertise with an appreciation of the commercial environment in which our clients work.
With offices in 20 countries, the firm operates across all business cultures and offers full service advice to clients in key financial and regulatory centres in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Clifford Chance’s lawyers advise internationally and domestically, under both common law and civil law systems.
The firm plans to take on 130 trainee lawyers in each of the next few years, from law and non-law backgrounds. Nearly all remain with the firm after qualification.
Training involves spending four six-month “seats” each in a different department (Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Tax, Pensions & Employment). Most trainees interested in an international secondment spend six months abroad.
Sign up on the Careers website.

Week 8
Slaughter & May Graduate Recruitment PresentationMonday 20 November, details TBC.Preparing for the Law Fair – a skills session with Pinsent MasonsTuesday 21 November, details TBC.Law FairTuesday 21 November, Panorama Suite, Rootes Building.The annual Law Fair is your best opportunity to explore a large number of law firms in one place. To see which firms are attending the Law Fair, go to the Career’s Service website.CMS Cameron McKenna Graduate Recruitment PresentationTuesday 21 November, details TBC.

Week 9
Wragge & Co Graduate Recruitment PresentationMonday 27 November, details TBC.

Week 10

Treasurer

The role of the Treasurer is to take care of the society accounts. They create and enforce the budget for all Law Society departments and ensure their activities are profitable. All the societies’ finances run through the Treasurer who is responsible for collecting debts and paying creditors. The role involves frequent liaisons between the union, other exec members, and law firm sponsors. As part of the top three the Ttreasurer together with the President and Secretary takes responsibility for the day to day running as well as wider aims and the direction the society takes throughout the course of the year.

Caylie Maybour

General Secretary

As the General Secretary it is up to me to ensure that the Society functions smoothly. That means co-ordination between members of the exec, liaising with the Law School and if necessary other departments.

I will also be working closely with the President and the Treasurer to ensure that we deliver on our promises and make the Law Society as accessible to its members as possible. There are a lot of opportunities for members to get involved and we will try our best to expand our activities to involve as many people as possible.

Then there is the Law Ball, the biggest social event on the Warwick calendar! This year promises to be as much fun as the last few years. It is definitely not an event to be missed.

This year’s exec is committed and helpful so please fell free to approach anyone of us. Here’s hoping you have a brilliant year!

Shahana Chatterji

The Publicity Department

The Publicity Department will be working hard throughout the year to provide all members with the necessary information about what the society has to offer. The department will aim to get everyone involved in social, mooting, writing, sporting and general academic events. It is here to advise and inform its members about the best methods of maximising their use of the Law Society.

The biggest highlight of the year of course will be the mighty Law Ball but all other Law Society events will equally be as fun and rewarding. So come on and get involved in what this society has to offer!

Adelaide Kirby